Stolen plane was chased by military jets before it crashed

Read: 426     16:20     11 August 2018    

A plane has crashed after a US airline employee conducted an "unauthorised take-off" in Washington state, officials have said.

 


Witnesses reported seeing the plane being chased by two F-15 military jets near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport before it crashed near Ketron Island, south west of Tacoma.

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

The suspect was identified as a 29-year-old Pierce County resident and the sheriff's office said he was an employee "doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills".

It added: "This is not a terrorist incident. Confirmed info.. this is a single suicide male. We know who he is. No others involved."

The F-15s had been scrambled from Portland and had "made it within a few minutes of theft of plane", the sheriff's office said.

Officers were conducting a background investigation on the man, who they did not identify but who was identified as "Rich" in audio recordings.

They added that the man could be heard on audio recordings telling air traffic controllers that he's "got a lot of people that care about me" and that he was "just a broken guy".

 

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Stolen plane was chased by military jets before it crashed

Read: 427     16:20     11 August 2018    

A plane has crashed after a US airline employee conducted an "unauthorised take-off" in Washington state, officials have said.

 


Witnesses reported seeing the plane being chased by two F-15 military jets near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport before it crashed near Ketron Island, south west of Tacoma.

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

The suspect was identified as a 29-year-old Pierce County resident and the sheriff's office said he was an employee "doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills".

It added: "This is not a terrorist incident. Confirmed info.. this is a single suicide male. We know who he is. No others involved."

The F-15s had been scrambled from Portland and had "made it within a few minutes of theft of plane", the sheriff's office said.

Officers were conducting a background investigation on the man, who they did not identify but who was identified as "Rich" in audio recordings.

They added that the man could be heard on audio recordings telling air traffic controllers that he's "got a lot of people that care about me" and that he was "just a broken guy".

 

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