Plane stolen at Sea-Tac, then crashes
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.