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

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

The air traffic control staffer called him Rich, but authorities haven't named the man.

"There is the runway just off to your right side in about a mile", the controller told him.

The man sounds calm at times and jokes with operators on the ground, who try to direct him to places to land.

While he was in the air, Russell described himself to air traffic controllers as "just a broken guy" with "a few screws loose".

"NORAD fighters were working to redirect the aircraft out over the Pacific Ocean when it crashed on the southern tip of Ketron Island in the southern end of Puget Sound", NORAD said in a statement.

F-15 fighter planes were sent to intercept the aircraft, but were not involved in the crash, said the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the sheriff's department, said on Twitter the man was suicidal and there was no connection to terrorism.

The man was a resident of Pierce County, Wash., and "acted alone", the Pierce County Sheriff's Department tweeted.

Federal Bureau of Investigation said it does not consider the incident terror-related as authorities try to piece together how a security scare of that magnitude occurred at major airport.

The stolen plane was a twin-engine turboprop Q400 belonging to Horizon Air, its parent company Alaska Airlines said on Twitter.

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

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Per CNN, the man also had some weird and heartbreaking radio correspondence from the cockpit before the 76-seat Horizon Air turboprop went down. "They're not as easy to fly as, say, a Cessna 150, so I don't know how he achieved the experience he did", the CEO said.

She said the plane was "highly fragmented" and the wings were detached from the fuselage.

"Stolen horizon airplane crashed into Ketron island".

Family members of the man who stole an empty plane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, prompting a security scare before his death from crashing the plane into a sparsely populated island, have released a statement expressing their shock and grief over the incident. Just a broken guy. According to a statement from Alaska, the sole man onboard, the one operating the plane, was an employee for Horizon Air.

All flights were grounded at Seattle-Tacoma global airport in the United States when a passenger plane took off without permission.

The airport says normal operations at Sea-Tac have resumed.

Richard then says he feels like one of the engines "is going out or something".

Airline officials said the ground service agent had a certification to tow aircraft, which results in a higher security clearance than other ground agents.

He said: "I hope this doesn't ruin your day".

Mr Russell, a ground service employee with Horizon Air, has not been officially named by authorities but his family have revealed his identity. A Facebook page appearing to belong to the man said he was from Wasilla, Alaska, and lived in Sumner, Washington, and was married in 2012. He didn't hear the crash, but saw smoke.



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