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The plane was 110 feet long. The 29-year-old male who stole the plane is believed to be the only casualty. Reports are that he was an airplane mechanic.
Pierce County Sheriff is stating that the Air Force helped keep the plane out of harms way.
Told F 15s made it within a few minutes of theft of plane. Pilots kept plane out of harms way and people on ground safe. Yay air force . They may not admit for a few days. But is true..— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) August 11, 2018
Here is a thread that has clips of the conversation between the male who stole the plane and air traffic control. It may be disturbing to some.
Pierce County Sheriff has confirmed that the 29 year old male acted alone. It is NOT a terrorist act. It's been confirmed that two F-15s chased the plane but were not involved in the crash.
Male is confirmed a suicidal male. Acted alone he is 29 year old Pierce county residence . We are working back ground on him now.— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) August 11, 2018
The plane crash has caused a massive fire on Ketron Island. There is no fire department on the island. It seems to be in the middle of the island. The only way to access the island is via boat.
Stolen horizon airplane crashed into Ketron island. Preliminary info is that a mechanic from unknown airlines stole plane. Was doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills caused crash into Island— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) August 11, 2018
SeaTac has confirmed it was an airline employee who stole the plane which had no passengers.
An airline employee conducted an unauthorized takeoff without passengers at Sea-Tac; aircraft has crashed in south Puget Sound. Normal operations at Sea-Tac Airport have resumed.— Sea-Tac Airport (@SeaTacAirport) August 11, 2018
it has been confirmed that the plane has crashed on Ketron Island, no word if it is on it's own or was shot down. Forty-five coast guard boats have been deployed to Ketron Island.
There are reports coming from SeaTac airport that a man has stolen a Horizon Q airplane. It seems that all planes are currently grounded. The man has stated to air traffic control over radio that he does not know how to land the plane. He also seems to be making jokes with air traffic control.
Major security incident at SeaTac Airport. All planes are grounded—captain telling passengers a Horizon airliner was taken without authorization, and military jets are scrambling to intercept it. We’re working to confirm information now pic.twitter.com/AQJVzCcxum— Gary Horcher (@GaryKIRO7) August 11, 2018
Some dude stole a plane from #Seatac (Allegedly), did a loop-the-loop, ALMOST crashed into #ChambersBay, then crossed in front of our party, chased by fighter jets and subsequently crashed. Weird times. pic.twitter.com/Ra4LcIhwfU— bmbdgty (@drbmbdgty) August 11, 2018
Update— Tom Podolec (@TomPodolec) August 11, 2018
Reports of the unauthorized/stolen plane has crash near Ketron island south of Seattle Sea-Tac Airport.
Pierce County Sheriffs’ Cessna 206 doing orbits over the island.
Reports indicate it’s a Horizon Dash 8 Q400 stolen by an employee. https://t.co/BHB73kEEP0 pic.twitter.com/3EkXXVs2Jp