A 29-year-old male airport mechanic crashed a stolen Alaska Airlines airplane shortly after taking off from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
A U.S. Air Force fighter jet was able to divert the Horizon Air Q400 plane away from the city after it took off from Sea-Tac International Airport, officials said.
The plane reportedly did not have any passengers on board when it crashed on Ketron Island.
Authorities have ruled out terrorism, confirming that a “single suicidal male” was responsible for the incident.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and Coast Guard were on the scene of a smoky plume where the plane went down, officials said.
The mechanic was a resident of Pierce County in Washington.
We’ve confirmed a Horizon Air Q400 that had an unauthorized takeoff from SeaTac around 8pm has gone down near Ketron Island in Pierce County, WA. We’re working to confirm who was on board, we believe there were no guests or crew on board other than the person operating the plane.
— Alaska Airlines (@AlaskaAir) August 11, 2018
The Q400 ix a turboprop aircraft with 76 seats.