An airline worker took off in a airplane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Friday evening in an episode that ended with the airplane crashing about 30 miles from the airport, the government stated.
“An airline employee conducted an unauthorized takeoff without passengers at Sea-Tac,” the airport said in a tweet. “Aircraft has crashed in south Puget Sound. Normal operations at Sea-Tac Airport have resumed.”
Alaska Airlines said in a tweet that the takeoff concerned a turboprop, a Q400, flying for Horizon Air, a subsidiary. “We believe there are no passengers on board,” it added.
The Pierce Country sheriff’s place of job said in a tweet stolen Horizon aircraft had crashed on Ketron Island.
“Preliminary info is that a mechanic from unknown airlines stole plane,” the place of job stated. “Was doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills caused crash into Island.”
Jason Bailey contributed reporting.