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Airline employee steals jet from airport, crashes

  • Published at 02:54 pm August 11th, 2018
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Witnesses reported seeing fighter jets chasing the plane, followed by smoke and loud boom

In Washington, US, an airline employee stole an Alaska Airlines passenger airplane from Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) on Friday.

According to Vox, the plane has since crashed on Ketron Island. No passengers are believed to have been on board. 

Local media said witnesses reported seeing fighter jets chasing the plane, followed by smoke and loud boom.

Sea-Tac airport confirmed the incident on Twitter.

The airline employee who stole the plane was “a single suicide male,” and there were no passengers on board, and that “this is not a terrorist incident,” according to The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

The Sheriff’s Department also tweeted "lack of flying skills caused crash into [the] Island.”