Authorities don't believe man who stole plane had a pilot's license

An incident at the Seattle Tacoma International Airport led to a temporary grounding of all flights on Friday night

After the plane approached Ketron Island, Waldron saw a thick column of smoke followed by a loud explosion, he said.

Later the man said: "I've got a lot of people that care about me".

"There is a protocol to not allow anyone singularly to get onboard an aircraft", Soucie said. Pacific time, officials said.

An airline employee's unauthorized takeoff from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport before dying in a crash will likely prompt a major review of already tightly controlled industry security measures, experts said Saturday. Video showed fiery flames amidst trees on the island, which is sparsely populated and only accessible by ferry.

Investigators expect they will be able to recover both the cockpit voice recorder and the event data recorder from the plane.

The FBI is leading investigations into the incident and special agent Jay Tabb said there are dozens of people at the crash site working to find answers. Southers is director of homegrown violent extremism studies at the University of Southern California. An airline employee had stolen a 78-seat turboprop airliner and conducted a unsafe joyride, complete with loops and other stunts.

The aircraft took off and began manoeuvering over Puget Sound.

He said:"I wouldn't know how to land - I wasn't really planning on landing it".

The man who stole the plane is believed to be a ground service agent.

President Donald Trump was briefed and the White House praised authorities´ quick response to the crisis. He is now at his New Jersey golf club. The man's condition after the crash wasn't immediately known.

A sheriff's department spokesman said the man may have been suicidal but there was no terrorism connection.

SeaTac Airport was temporarily grounded amid a security threat. No one was hurt on the ground, authorities said.

A Horizon Air Bombardier Q400 - like the one stolen -taxis toward the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. "I hope they can make it through this".

During another part of the exchange, the man said he was concerned he was going to run low on fuel. "I would like to apologize to each and every one of them".

The plane was taken by a 29-year-old Sumner, Pierce County, man about 8 p.m. and crashed on Ketron Island about 90 minutes later, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

A nearby military base dispatched two F-15 fighter jets, who diverted the aircraft away from residents, before it crashed into a nearby island. There were no passengers aboard.

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air officials said they were still working closely with authorities to investigate what happened.

In audio recordings posted on Broadcastify, the man can be heard talking to air traffic controllers as they try to guide him to land the plane.

A Horizon Air airplane was stolen from SeaTac Airport on August 10, 2018 and crashed on Ketron Island where it sparked a fire. At the Alaska Airlines terminal, it was a hushed Friday night.

"The person who stole it was either doing it on a lark, or was suicidal", Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said on Friday. He said the plane crashed in a wooded area.

The U.S. Coast Guard sent a 45-foot vessel to the crash scene.

She said she believed the plane was taken by "a single Horizon Air employee" and that no other passengers or crew were onboard.

He had worked for Horizon Air for 3-1/2 years and had clearance to tow planes, Alaska Airlines Chief Executive Brad Tilden said at the news conference.



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