Stolen Horizon Air plane crashes in Puget Sound island

Mae Love
August 12, 2018

Without Him we would be hopeless.

We would like to thank the authorities who have been both helpful and respectful, Alaskaair for their resources, the community, his friends and his family for their incredible support and compassion, and Jesus whose steadfast love endures. The aircraft's unpredictable flight pattern terrified onlookers, who got photo and video footage of the plane's ill-fated excursion. The statement was signed the "Family of Beebo Russell".

Richard Russell, who liked to be called "Beebo", is seen in an undated photograph from a video he produced for his YouTube channel, obtained August 11, 2018.

"No security violations were committed", said Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden.

Authorities on Saturday also say the 29-year-old man used a machine called a pushback tractor to first maneuver the aircraft so he could board and then take off Friday evening. "We are working background on him now", the sheriff's department tweeted.

Confirming this, the airport said, "No passengers were onboard during the incident and normal operations have resumed at the airfield".

"We don't know how he learned to do that", he said.

According to USA Today, Russell ended the "about" section of the blog with his dreams for the future: Moving up to become a manager at Horizon Air or joining the military as an officer.

"Hey all! My names Richard Russell, I'm 27 and now living in Sumner, WA with my incredible wife Hannah". He moved to Alaska when he was seven years old, according to one of his blog posts.

Gary Howell, a Wasilla High track and field coach, said he remembered Russell as a amusing guy who also had a smile and a joke and was a great team player.

A friend wrote on Facebook, "So heart broken...he was such a kind person to me". He would take my shifts if I needed. Never knew he was fighting a battle non of us knew about.

A 2012 article in the World described how Russell met his wife.

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"The fact that all of that happened without even being noticed by anyone on the ground service crew, that is just phenomenal to me". "I was dead set against it". In the article, Russell described himself as laid back and easy going. "I thought this is really odd. I hope they can make it through this". Initial information had said he was an airline mechanic.

The theft of an empty plane by an airline worker who performed unsafe loops before crashing into a remote island in Puget Sound illustrated what aviation experts have long known: One of the biggest potential perils for commercial air travel is airline or airport employees causing mayhem.

Ms Morse's mother, who lives closer to the area where the plane went down, said her whole house shook.

"Ah, Rich, don't say stuff like that", the controller said. I wouldn't want to do that. "I've played some video games before", the man responds.

Sea-Tac airport confirmed the plane was down a short time later.

Earlier Alaska Airlines reported an "unauthorized take-off" of an airplane and witnesses reported a jet being chased by military planes near Sea-Tac International Airport in Washington state.

Speaking at Sea-Tac Airport on Saturday morning, they stressed that the investigation was just getting started, with many questions still unanswered.

The unlicensed pilot seemed scattered in a 25 minute recording of his conversation with an air traffic controller.

Horizon president and CEO Gary Beck said that to the airline's knowledge the man who took the plane did not have a pilot's license.

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

"I feel like one of my engines has gone out", Rich told the captain as he flew the empty plane.

In one, the controller can be heard telling the pilot: "What we don't want to see is you get hurt or anyone else get hurt, so like I said, if you want to land, that's probably the best way to go".

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