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Horizon Air Q400 Hijacked from Seattle

11 August 2018, 01:28 | Erica Roy

A Horizon Q400 Credit Alaska Air

A Horizon Q400

Alaska Airlines had earlier tweeted that there was an "unauthorized take-off" of a Horizon Air Q400. Police also said the incident was not related to terrorism.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter that preliminary information suggested that a mechanic had stolen the aircraft.

Air Alaska passengers wait in the terminal following an incident where an airline employee took off in an airplane, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle, Washington, U.S., August 10, 2018.

"An airline employee conducted an unauthorized takeoff without passengers at Sea-Tac; aircraft has crashed in south Puget Sound".

In a video statement, Constance von Muehlen, Horizon Air's chief operating officer, said that the plane departed around 8 p.m. and that no other passengers or crew were aboard.

The plane, a 76-seater Q400 turboprop aircraft, belonged to Alaska Airlines.

Two F-15 fighter jets supposedly from the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland were "not involved in (the) crash", the Pierce County Sheriff's Office tweeted Friday.

After taking off from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the hijacked plane crashed on Ketron Island.

"Some dude stole a plane from #Seatac (Allegedly), did a loop-the-loop, nearly crashed into #ChambersBay, then crossed in front of our party, chased by fighter jets and subsequently crashed".

Witnesses present at the airport reported a chase between the "stolen" plane and two F-15 fighter jets, which was scrambled following the "theft".

Released radio conversation between the man and air traffic controllers goes on for more than a half hour.

"I don't know, man", the pilot answers. "We're just trying to find a place for you to land safely".

"It was unfathomable, it was something out of a movie", he told the newspaper.

"We saw the jets circle back after and she texted that there was no plane", she added. "And, uh, it's going to disappoint them to hear that I did this".

I want to thank the Air National Guard from Washington and OR for scrambling jets to keep Washingtonians safe.

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