A PLANE has crashed after an airline employee conducted an unauthorised take-off in Washington state, officials at Sea-Tac Airport said.
The passenger jet took off without permission and later crashed after the man “performed stunts” in the air.
Alaska Airlines has confirmed it was aware of the incident involving the ‘unauthorised take-off’ of a plane at Seattle-Tacoma Airport in Washington State.
Eyewitnesses said they saw the jet being followed by military planes and videos of the aircraft flying circuits were posted online.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter the crash may have been caused by the man “doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills”.
It’s understood a mechanic stole the aircraft and there were no passengers on board.
Two F-15 fighters were scrambled and when one made contact with the rogue pilot, the plane nose dived and crashed, local news reported.
Police sat it was “not a terrorist incident” and that the man was local and 29-years-old.
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A statement from the airline said: “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.”
The 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.”
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