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Jet crashes after ‘unauthorized’ take-off’ from SeaTac airport, officials say

Alaska Airlines planes are seen at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash., Oct. 30, 2013.

(Reuters)

A passenger plane crashed in an island in the Puget Sound on Friday night, not long after a suspect and conducted an “unauthorized take-off” of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in the state of Washington, the officials said.

Man is confirmed a suicidal man. Acting alone, he is 29 years old, Pierce county residence . We are working to return the land in him now.

— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) August 11, 2018

Airport officials confirmed via social media that there are no passengers were aboard the plane. They also said that the activities at the airport had resumed after having been temporarily stopped.

We are aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air Q400. We believe that there are no passengers on board. More information as we learn more.

— Alaska Airlines (@AlaskaAir) On August 11, 2018

The unauthorized pilot was described by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, as a “suicidal man.” Some unconfirmed reports on social media said he was believed to be an airline mechanic.

#BREAKING Alaska Airlines says that it is aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. This video was taken by a woman who lives south of the airport. She says this is the plane. (Courtney Jensen Junka) pic.twitter.com/Zh3E4aGfSk

— Fox26 News (@KMPHFOX26) August 11, 2018

“Man is confirmed a suicidal man. Acting alone, he is 29 years old, Pierce county residence . We work back ground him,” the sheriff’s department tweeted shortly before 10 p.m. Pacific time.

Around 9:15 pm PDT, Alaska Airlines tweeted: “We are aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air Q400. We believe that there are no passengers on board. More information as we learn more.”

Early reports indicated the suspect spoke to air traffic controllers.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice, soon after the take-off:

“We can’t confirm anything at this time. We try to get accurate information about what is really going on. Without confirmation of something, a stolen plane would be a security issue.

“The FAA is not a security agency, although we work closely with other government departments on security.”

Apparently someone stole a plane from SeaTac? Saw two fighter jets flying overhead than smoke pic.twitter.com/w0bveGUJQH

— McKenna Brown (@mckenna_brown) August 11, 2018

The authorities were allegedly trying to intercept aircraft with an F-15 aircraft.

Some dude stole a plane from #Seatac (Allegedly), has a loop-the-loop, ALMOST crashed in #ChambersBay, then crossed for our party, pursued by fighter jets and then crashed. Weird times. pic.twitter.com/Ra4LcIhwfU

— bmbdgty (@drbmbdgty) August 11, 2018

Tower audio identified the defendant as “Rich”.

Travelers and residents can see the plane during the flight were quick to post messages on social media.

“Apparently someone stole a plane from SeaTac airport?” wrote a Twitter user. “Saw two fighter jets flying overhead than smoke.”

“A number of people have stolen a plane from #Seatac (Allegedly), has a loop-the-loop, ALMOST crashed in #ChambersBay, then crossed for our party, pursued by fighter jets and then crashed. Strange times, ” wrote another user.

This is a story. Come back regularly for updates.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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