Editor’s note: This is a developing story and details may change as we learn more.
Breaking news out of Seattle where we’re seeing reports that an employee of Horizon Air stole a plane and then crashed it on an island west of Seattle:
FAA sources say it appears an airline employee stole a Horizon Air Turbo Prop from SeaTac and took off and crashed Ketron Island outside Seattle https://t.co/cUoWB7ruJt
— Kris Van Cleave (@krisvancleave) August 11, 2018
Video shared to Twitter appears to show the stolen airplane along with what looks like an F-15 in pursuit:
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
And photograph shared to Twitter show what appears to be smoke from the crash site:
Apparently someone stole a plane from SeaTac? Saw two fighter jets fly overhead then smoke pic.twitter.com/w0bveGUJQH
— McKenna Brown (@mckenna_brown) August 11, 2018
It’s unclear at this time if the F-15 shot down the stolen plane:
Per JBLM source: After being contacted by F-15’s, stolen plane began to nose dive, crashing in north Pierce County. #KOMONews
— Morgan Chesky (@BreakingChesky) August 11, 2018
Latest update from Alaska Airlines (Horizon is subsidiary of the Alaska Air Group):
We are aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air Q400. We believe there are no passengers on board. More information as we learn more.
— Alaska Airlines (@AlaskaAir) August 11, 2018
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