Plane stolen at Sea-Tac, then crashes

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SEATAC, Wash­ing­ton — An air­line me­chanic stole an Alaska Air­lines plane with­out any pas­sen­gers and took off from Sea-Tac In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Wash­ing­ton state on Fri­day night be­fore crash­ing near Ketron Is­land, of­fi­cials said.

The me­chanic ap­pears to have stolen a Hori­zon Air Q400 and the crash oc­curred be­cause the per­son was “do­ing stunts in air or lack of fly­ing skills,” the Pierce County Sher­iff’s De­part­ment said on Twit­ter.

The plane was chased by mil­i­tary air­craft, wit­nesses said.

The U.S. Coast Guard was send­ing a ves­sel to the crash scene af­ter wit­nesses re­ported see­ing a large plume of smoke in the air, Petty Of­fi­cer Ali Flock­erzi said.

Hori­zon Air is part of Alaska Air Group and flies shorter routes in the western U.S. and Canada, in­clud­ing to Vic­to­ria In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

The Q400 is a tur­bo­prop air­craft with 76 seats.

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