Seattle Air Traffic Grounded After Employee STEALS Plane

Hannah Bleau

This certainly isn’t something you hear about every day.

According to this, Alaskan Airlines confirmed that there was some sort of “unauthorized takeoff” involving a passenger plane from the SeaTac airport.

It seems an employee STOLE the plane, did some weird loops and ultimately crashed on an island. He’s been described as a “suicidal male.”

A Horizon Air passenger plane crashed on an island in Puget Sound Friday night, not long after a suspect conducted an “unauthorized take-off” from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington state, officials said.

Witnesses reported seeing a large plume of smoke in the air above Ketron Island after the plane went down. No passengers were believed to be aboard the Q400 aircraft, airport officials said.

While it was unfolding, the man could be heard speaking to air traffic control.

“I’ve got a lot of people that care about me. It’s going to disappoint them to hear that I did this,” he said. “I would like to apologize to each and every one of them. Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess.”

Thankfully, there were NO passengers, and there were no injuries on the ground.

More from the Seattle Times:

The Sheriff’s Department said it was “not a terrorist incident.” The plane crashed either while the man was doing stunts or because of a lack of flying skills, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

“A joyride gone terribly wrong,” Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said during a news conference in Steilacoom, which is about 3 miles from the island.

Weird times indeed. Thank goodness no one was hurt.