Family, friends recall man who crashed stolen plane as hard-working, kind

Family, friends recall man who crashed stolen plane as hard-working, kind

An air traffic controller called the man "Rich", and tried to convince the man to land the airplane.

"This is probably jail time for life, huh?" he later asks, according to a recording provided by the Seattle Times.

"Most importantly I get to visit those I love most", Russell said in a video he produced on YouTube.

The recordings were of radio communication between Russell and air traffic controllers.

"The guy didn't know how to fly or intentionally did stunts over Anderson Island, and crashed into Ketron Island", Troyer said.

Authorities described him as being suicidal, adding that the incident is not related to terrorism.

At around 8pm the Horizon Air employee stole a 76-seater Horizon Air turboprop Q400 from a maintenance area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and took to the skies, despite not having any apparent flying experience.

A Horizon Air Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, reported to be hijacked, flies over University Place, Washington, the US, before crashing in the South Puget Sound, August 10, 2018 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media.

Wonder what happened inside the stolen Horizon Air Q400 airplane in Washington state? Troyer said they are "working background on him now".

Beck said flying the "complex machine" would be more hard than a private plane. "So, I started to capture video, just because I thought it was kind of weird", he told CNN.

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"I would like to apologise to each and every one of them".

The "suicidal" man, who dreamed of joining the military, then said that he had thrown up and that he felt "dizzy".

Airline officials said the ground service agent had a certification to tow aircraft, which results in a higher security clearance than other ground agents. "Never really knew it until now".

Audio exchanges between an air traffic controller and the pilot have been released.

No injuries were reported on the ground, Pastor said, as the plane crashed and started an intense fire on the wooded, 230-acre island, which has a population of 20.

A witness on the ground, Bryan Sichley, said he was at Chambers Bay in University Place and saw a plane nose dive after being chased by two fighter jets.

He flew for about one hour, often erratically, before crashing on Ketron Island in Puget Sound, about 25 miles (40 km) to the southwest.

"That's their job, to be around these planes", said Brad Tilden, president and CEO of Alaska. "But holy smokes, I got to stop looking at the fuel, because it's going down quick".

Dozens of personnel were out at the crash site, and co-workers and family members were being interviewed, he said. "I met Hannah in Coos Bay, Oregon in 2010 while we were both going to school", the about me section says. Whether or not "Rich" realized it, the national guard had scrambled a pair of F-15 fighters to protect the airports in case he made any threatening moves toward one of them.

Airline and airport officials would not say during a briefing to reporters Saturday exactly when airport staff determined the plane was in the process of being stolen.

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