The suicidal airport worker who hijacked a plane and carried loops in the air before crashing, acted alone, the FBI has finally confirmed.
According to a report released Friday, 28-year-old Richard Russell from Seattle seized the plane with 76 seats from Sea-Tac airport on their own and deliberately crashed on August 10 on the island of Ketron.
The FBI assessed the flight's flight recorder and cockpit voice recorder and determined that even in the last minute of the flight, Russell had full control of the aircraft and had plenty of time to recover if he did not want to crash.
The FBI published Friday a report stating that Richard Russell, 28, acted only when he hijacked a plane, lasted an hour's joyride and then collapsed on August 10
The suicidal airport worker hijacked the plane after one of his services with Horizon Air and flew in the air before crashing on the island of Ketron and sending in smoke plumes
Smoke and an orange glow are seen on Ketron Island in Washington state, where the plane eventually crashed
What remains a mystery is why Russell took his own life. He did not make phone calls or made statements about his motive.
Researchers described him as suicidal.
He left and flew around in loops and upside down above Pierce County at 7:33 PM.
He did not have a pilot's license but told an Air Traffic Control agent that he did not need much help when he added: "I've played a number of video games before & # 39;
The FBI determined that he had not had formal flying training, but was familiar with the checklist of actions before an airplane took off and revealed its internet history a search for instructional videos about the flight.
As he took his hour-long joyride, he talked to the air traffic controller, who tried to reason with him for the fatal fiery crash.
Russell introduced himself above with his wife Hannah, with whom he married in 2011. The two had no children
The FBI ruled that Russell had not attended formal flight training but was familiar with the checklist of actions before an airplane took off and revealed its internet history a search for instructional videos about the flight.
& # 39; I have many people who care about me. It will disappoint them to hear that I have done this. I want to apologize to each of them. Just a broken guy, I think a few screws are loose. I have never known it until now, "he said in audio from Air Traffic Control communication.
Russell then said before he crashed: "I think I'm going to try a barrel, and if that goes well, I'll go down and call it a night," & # 39; according to a recording of his conversation with the controller.
Timeline of Russell & # 39; s last day
14.36 hours – Arrived at checkpoint security at Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle
7.19 pm – Climbed on board the plane
7.27pm – Uses a towing vehicle to turn the nose of the place around
7.33 – Russell left and flew in a loop over Pierce County
8.46 – Crushed on the island of Ketron
The FBI will not institute criminal proceedings in the case because Russell acted alone and died in the crash, according to Seattlepi.
They set a timeline from Russell's last day.
He arrived on August 10 for safety reasons at 2.36 pm at the airport where he was an employee and baggage handler of Horizon Air.
He climbed aboard the plane at 19.19 and used a towing vehicle to turn the aircraft's nose at 7.27 o'clock. He left at 7.33 am and crashed about one hour later at 8.46 pm.
The aircraft was a Bombardier Q400, a turboprop with seating for 76 people, owned by Horizon Air, part of Alaska Airlines. It was parked earlier in the day in a cargo and maintenance area for the night after arriving from Victoria, British Columbia.
He had worked at Horizon Air for 3 1/2 years.