Breaking News!!: Ketron Island, WA: Plane crashes after an airport employee conducted an “unauthorized take-off” from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has crashed.
According to officials at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, a plane has crashed in south Puget Sound near Ketron Island, Washington after an airport employee conducted an “unauthorized take-off” on Friday, August 10th, 2018.
Alaska Airlines said that a Horizon Air Q400 was involved in the incident.
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According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a plume of smoke was reported near Ketron Island, Washington, after authorities received reports that a plane was stolen from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Friday, August 10th, 2018.
Aerial footage from NBC affiliate KING Channel 5 shows flames at the crash site.
The plane reportedly took off at about 8:30pm PT before crashing about 15 minutes later.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, also known as SeaTac Airport, tweeted, “An airline employee conducted an unauthorized takeoff without passengers at Sea-Tac; aircraft has crashed in south Puget Sound. Normal operations at Sea-Tac Airport have resumed.”
Reports that a U.S. Coast Guard rescue boats is heading to the scene.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said that 2 military F -15 chased the plane, but were not involved in the crash.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee has tweeted out, “There are still a lot of unknowns surrounding tonight’s tragic incident of a stolen Horizon Airline plane. The responding fighter pilots flew alongside the aircraft and were ready to do whatever was needed to protect us, but in the end the man flying the stolen plane crashed. I want to thank the Air National Guard from Washington and Oregon for scrambling jets to keep Washingtonians safe. Those pilots are trained for moments like tonight and showed they are ready and capable.”
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