USA: Airline confirms employee crashed plane after ‘unauthorised takeoff’

An empty Horizon Air plane crashed after a ground employee carried out an «unauthorised takeoff» at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) on Friday night. Horizon Air Chief Operating Officer Constance Von Muehlen confirmed in a video posted online, «At approximately 8 pm, one of our Q400 airplanes made an unauthorised takeoff from Sea-Tac airport. We believe it was taken by a single... Еще Horizon Air employee, and that no other passengers or crew were onboard. Shortly thereafter, it crashed near Ketron Island by South Tacoma.» Following the «unauthorised take-off» of the plane, the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) launched fighter jets to intercept it. Flights out of the Sea-Tac airport were temporarily grounded during the incident. According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, the individual who stole the aircraft was a 29-year-old ground service agent who was «doing stunts in [the] air or [a] lack of flying skills.» The sheriff's department described the man as «suicidal» and said that there was no connection to terrorism.

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