An airport employee has stolen and crashed a passenger plane in Seattle.
The Bombardier Dash 8 – Q400 from Horizon Airlines was stolen from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport around 8 p.m. on Saturday before authorities confirmed that it crashed into the nearby Puget Sound south.
Local media reported that the plane, which had no passengers on board, landed on sparsely settled Ketron Island, southwest of Tacoma.
Black smoke was seen coming from the crash site.
The police and the Coast Guard are now at the scene of the accident, and the Pierce County Sheriff's office tweeted that the plane was stolen by a mechanic.
"The plane Robado Horizonte crashed into Ketron Island, preliminary information is that a mechanic of unknown airlines stole the plane, was doing stunts in the air or lack of flying skills caused an accident on Island," he tweeted the airport's office. sheriff.
Alaska Air Group, owner of Horizon, confirmed the "unauthorized takeoff" of the Q400 and said there were no passengers on board at that time.
The Q400 ix a turboprop aircraft with 76 seats.
ABC News reported that the combat aircraft of the North American Aerospace Defense Command were scrambled, fearing that the incident was a possible hijacking or terrorist attack.
Two F-15 and air traffic control operators helped move the aircraft away from the built-up areas before it crashed.
Police told local media that the fighters did not shoot down the plane.
Passengers at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which claims to be the ninth busiest airport in the US UU., They took to Twitter to vent their frustration after the incident based all the flights for up to one hour.