FBI con­cludes probe of man who took plane

The Washington Post - - NEWS -

Au­thor­i­ties say the Seat­tle air­port ground crew worker who stole an empty com­mer­cial air­plane had ap­par­ently searched on­line for flight in­struc­tion videos be­fore he took off on a dizzy­ing ride that soon crashed into a small is­land.

The FBI an­nounced Fri­day that it’s con­clud­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the unau­tho­rized flight from Seat­tleTa­coma In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Aug. 10, af­ter de­ter­min­ing that Richard Rus­sell, 28, of Sum­ner, Wash., acted alone.

Rus­sell had worked for more than three years for Hori­zon Air, which is part of Alaska Air Group and flies shorter routes through­out the West.

“The FBI found this was an iso­lated, unan­tic­i­pated in­ci­dent by one in­di­vid­ual,” the air­line said in a state­ment.

The FBI’s probe in­di­cates that Rus­sell ar­rived for work that af­ter­noon at the air­port with­out any is­sues. The FBI said it doesn’t ap­pear that Rus­sell vi­o­lated any other se­cu­rity mea­sures or pro­to­cols be­fore the plane took off.

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