Crash reported after plane stolen from Seattle airport

A Twitter user took video of the plane before it crashed

Alaska Airlines on Twitter said the airplane was a turboprop Q400 airplane belonging to its sister carrier Horizon Air.

In a statement, Alaska Airlines said they are "aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air Q400".

Fighter pilots from the Air National Guard of Washington and OR flew alongside the plane, according to an emailed statement from Gov. Jay Inslee.

Flights out of Sea-Tac, the largest commercial airport in the Pacific Northwest, were temporarily grounded during the drama.

It is believed the mechanic's lack of flying skills led to the crash, Troyer said.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Office reported the mechanic who stole the plane was a suicidal 29-year-old man from Pierce County, WA.

Horizon Air is part of Alaska Air Group and operates shorter routes throughout the US West.

The air-traffic controller responded calmly, seeming not to want to upset Rich as the conversation continued and he tried to coax Rich into landing somewhere.

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The sheriff said this was not a terrorist incident.

He told authorities on the ground he "would like to apologize" to people who cared about him.

A plane that reportedly took off without permission has sparked a major security incident at Seattle-Tacoma worldwide airport.

"Our hearts are with the family of the individual aboard as well as all our Alaska Air and Horizon Air employees, "she said in a video message".

"I just want to keep talking to you and if you keep going to the Olympic mountains we can't hear you", the controller says. I want to thank the Air National Guard from Washington and OR for scrambling jets to keep Washingtonians safe.

Jenkins described the island as remote, dark and sparsely populated.

"No ground structures were involved at the crash site", it said.

"I was outside watering and heard the jets, saw the plane coming, and something told me to get my phone and record", said Leah Morse, who took a video of the plane tailed by jets flying over her house.

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