29-year-old suicidal man has stolen an Air Q400 airplane for a dramatic flight chased by fighter planes before crashing on an island near Seattle.
29-year-old suicidal man stole an Air Q400 plane from Seattle’s international airport for a short, dramatic flight before crashing on a nearby island.
The local Pierce County Sheriff, Paul Pastor, confirmed via Twitter that the man — believed to be an employee of Horizon Airlines — was acting alone when he made the unauthorised flight and was chased by F15 fighter planes.
Caught on video, the chase ended when the 76-seater aircraft crashed on Ketron island, around 50km southwest of Seattle.
The stolen aircraft belonged to Alaska Airlines sister carrier Horizon.
One report said the man joked with traffic controllers during the short flight as F15s chased him that he was going to jail.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter the crash may have been caused by the mechanic “doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills.”
It said the F15 fighter planes “made it within a few minutes of theft of plane. Pilots kept plane out of harms way and people on ground safe.”