A plane suddenly took off from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport today morning before the passengers could board and without taking permission to depart, creating a major scare, as US Air Force jets scrambled to intercept the twin turboprop aircraft.
The plane crashed minutes after flying away from the airport, with a two USAF F-15 jet on pursuit.
“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,” Seattle-Tacoma International Airport tweeted.
The plane, a Q400 turboprop aircraft, belonged to Alaska Airlines.
“We’ve confirmed a Horizon Air Q400 that had an unauthorized takeoff from SeaTac around 8pm has gone down near Ketron Island in Pierce County, WA,” the US airline tweeted.
“We’re working to confirm who was on board, we believe there were no guests or crew on board other than the person operating the plane,” Alaska Airlines said.
Local police have said the crash was not a terrorist incident.