A stolen aircraft has crashed on the south of Ketron Island, close to Seattle, after an obvious joyriding incident.
The aircraft, a Horizon Air Q400, took off from Seattle-Tacoma Worldwide Airport and got here down after what was referred to as an “unauthorised take-off” by authorities.
It isn’t identified when the person, believed to be a 29-year-old native airline worker, survived the crash.
Two F15 fighter jets has been pursuing the aircraft when it got here down.
Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor instructed reporters the incident was not terror associated.
It seemed to be a joyride gone mistaken, he mentioned, including “most terrorists don’t do loops over the water”.
Air site visitors controllers tried to encourage the person to land earlier than the aircraft crashed.
Some dude stole a aircraft from #Seatac (Allegedly), did a loop-the-loop, ALMOST crashed into #ChambersBay, then crossed in entrance of our get together, chased by fighter jets and subsequently crashed. Bizarre instances. pic.twitter.com/Ra4LcIhwfU
— bmbdgty (@drbmbdgty) August 11, 2018
The Q400 is a twin-propeller aeroplane with as much as 78 seats, relying on configuration.
In an announcement, Seattle-Tacoma Worldwide Airport mentioned: “An airline worker performed an unauthorized take-off with out passengers at Sea-Tac; plane has crashed in south Puget Sound.”
Regular operations at Sea-Tac Airport have now resumed.