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Stolen Horizon Air plane crashes in Puget Sound island

Stolen Horizon Air plane crashes in Puget Sound island

Unconfirmed reports suggest a mechanic piloted the plane and conducted a series of stunts until he lost control of the aircraft.

The sheriff said the pilot appeared to have acted alone and was likely killed in the crash.

PCSO confirmed in a tweet that the person is a "suicidal male" and is a 19-year-old Pierce County resident. We know how he is. "No others involved", Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said.

Quincy Carr, who was flying into town to perform on a Norwegian cruise line ship, said the pilot told passengers on his plane that there was an incident and they were stuck on the tarmac for about an hour.

A Horizon Air Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, reported to be hijacked, flies over Fircrest, Washington, the USA, before crashing in the South Puget Sound, August 10, 2018 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media.

Witnesses reported seeing the plane being chased by military aircraft before it crashed.

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The Pierce County Sheriff's Department said the stolen airplane crashed into Ketron Island. The man's condition wasn't immediately known. The station aired footage of a fire at the crash site taken by its helicopter.

The aircraft "crashed in south Puget Sound", Sea-Tac Airport said, adding that normal operations at the transport hub had resumed after a pause.

Royal King of Mukilteo was photographing a wedding at Lake Steilacoom when he saw the low-flying plane and two fighter jets trailing it.

Alaska Air's website says its Q400 propjets - flown by its subsidiary, Horizon Air - hold 76 passengers and are used for short-haul flights.

"Some dude stole a plane from #Seatac (Allegedly), did a loop-the-loop, nearly crashed into #ChambersBay, then crossed in front of our party, chased by fighter jets and subsequently crashed". He didn't hear the crash, but saw smoke.

"It was unfathomable, it was something out of a movie", he told the newspaper.


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