SEATTLE, Wash. – The Latest in a plane stolen from Sea-Tac International Airport in the state of Washington (all times are local):
Officials at Sea-Tac International Airport say an Alaska Airlines plane that was stolen by an airline employee and crashed in the u.s. state of Washington.
Airport officials say in a tweet Friday night, an airline employee “performed an unauthorized flight with no passengers.”
Witnesses reported that the plane is being chased by military planes near the airport.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter that the preliminary data suggest that a mechanic had stolen the aircraft. The tweet said the crash may have been caused by the mechanic “doing stunts in the air or a lack of flying skills.”
A spokeswoman for the coastguard said that the agency is responding to a report of a smoke plume and possible plane crash. Petty Officer Ali Flockerzi said a 45-foot ship was on the way to the scene.
Alaska Airlines says that there is an “unauthorized take-off” of a plane and witnesses reported a jet being chased by military aircraft in the vicinity of Sea-Tac International Airport in Washington state.
The airline says The Associated Press that the plane was a Horizon Air Q400 and they thought that none of the passengers were on board.
No other information is immediately available.
Horizon Air is part of Alaska Air Group and flies shorter routes through the AMERICAN West.
The Q400 ix a turboprop aircraft with 76 seats.