FBI concludes probe of man who took plane
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.