'Suicidal' mechanic steals plane from Seattle airport

The aircraft reportedly crashed near Ketron Island near the Chambers Bay Golf Course

The 76-seat Horizon Air turboprop plane took off without authorization around 8 p.m. local time, with an unauthorized Horizon Air employee at the controls, airport officials tweeted.

Airport officials said the airline employee had "conducted an unauthorised takeoff without passengers".

An airline employee "conducted an unauthorised takeoff" of an airplane carrying no passengers at the major airport in the northwestern U.S. state of Washington, airport officials said on Twitter.

Shortly after receiving reports that the plane flew "around Puget Sound", witnesses say they saw a "large smoke plume", rising from Ketron Island. "Was doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills caused crash into Island".

Alaska Airlines said that it was aware of an unauthorized take-off of a Q400 twin-engine turboprop airplane operated by its sister carrier Horizon Air.

The plane was a Horizon Air Q400, according to a statement from Horizon's partner airline Alaska Airlines. "Ah damn it, I don't know, man".

There were no passengers in the plane, wrote Ed Troyer, a Public Information Officer from the Pierce County Sheriff's Office. "It clearly seemed immediately like there was a plane crash", he said. Military jets were scrambled from Portland, but it does not appear that these jets were involved in the crash of the Horizon aircraft. The plane, which was taken from a maintenance position and was not scheduled for passenger flight, crashed about an hour later in a wooded area on Ketron Island in rural Pierce County.

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Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said the man "did something foolish and may well have paid with his life".

Alaska Airlines planes sit on the tarmac at Sea-Tac International Airport Friday evening.

But in the chilling audio recording from the cockpit, the pilot told the air traffic controller that he was "just a broken guy", and said he couldn't land over fears he would be imprisoned.

He also wondered aloud whether Alaska Airlines would give him a job piloting if he could pull off a landing.

During another part of the exchange, the man said he said he did not want to land at a nearby military base.

Witnesses at the airport, posting on social media, said they were told that someone had stolen an aircraft. "Normal operations at Sea-Tac Airport have resumed", Seattle-Tacoma International Airport tweeted. "The smoke lingered. You could still hear the F-15s, which were flying low", he added.

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