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.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said the crash was not a terrorist incident, and the man who piloted the Alaska Airlines plane was a 29-year-old suicidal male.
“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.