• The airline employee who stole a plane from the Seattle airport and fatally crashed onto a small island was not a licensed pilot

    2 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    Airline ground agent Richard Russell stole an empty Horizon Air plane on Friday night from Sea-Tac International Airport and fatally crashed into a small island in the Puget Sound.
    Officials have said that the 29-year-old was not a licensed pilot, but had clearance to be among aircraft.
    Video from the incident shows the Horizon Air Q400 doing large loops and dangerous maneuvers before crashing on to an island 90 minutes after taking off.
    It remains unclear how Russell attained skills to do loops in the aircraft, or how he knew how to start the engine, which requires a series of switches...
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  • The theft of an empty plane from Sea-Tac Airport highlights one of the biggest potential perils for commercial air travel - airline or airport employees causing mayhem

    The theft of an empty plane from Sea-Tac Airport highlights one of the biggest potential perils for commercial air travel - airline or airport employees causing mayhem

    2 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    Richard Russell, an airline ground agent at Sea-Tac International Airport, stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane and fatally crashed into a small island on Friday night.
    Officials said Saturday that the 29-year-old was a 3.5-year Horizon employee and had clearance to be among aircraft, but that to their knowledge, he wasn't a licensed pilot.
    At a news conference on Saturday, officials from Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air said they are working with authorities to investigate what happened.
    The incident highlights one of the biggest potential perils for commercial air travel: airline or...
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  • Man Who Stole Plane, Crashed It Was Not A Pilot

    Man Who Stole Plane, Crashed It Was Not A Pilot

    2 monthes ago - By CBS

    OLYMPIA, Wash. - Investigators are piecing together how an airline ground agent stole an empty commercial airplane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and crashed into a small island in the Puget Sound after being chased by military jets that were quickly scrambled to intercept the aircraft.
    Officials said Saturday that the man was a 3.5-year Horizon Airlines employee and had clearance to be among aircraft, but that to their knowledge, he wasn't a licensed pilot.
    The 29-year-old used a machine called a pushback tractor to first maneuver the aircraft, which was in a maintenance...
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