An airline employee on an apparent joyride caused a big scare in the skies over Washington State's Puget Sound when he stole a passenger plane from SeaTac Airport last night. There was no one else on board but the incident led to fighter jets being scrambled out of Portland to intercept the rogue pilot. The 29-year-old man, described as having been suicidal, ended up doing some stunts in the air before crashing on Ketron Island near Tacoma. There's been official word on his fate, but it's presumed he did not survive. Both the FBI and local authorities say there does not appear to be any connection to terrorism.
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.— Sea-Tac Airport (@SeaTacAirport) August 11, 2018
Follow this thread for official info. This is not a terrorist incident. Confirmed info .. this is a single suicide male. We know who he is. No others involved.— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) August 11, 2018
More video of the stolen Q400 as it flew around the Seattle area. pic.twitter.com/Mzpuo4lvC2— Strategic Sentinel (@StratSentinel) August 11, 2018