20:35 GMT05 July 2020
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    The plane came down nearby shortly after the unauthorized take-off, local authorities have confirmed. The man who stole the plane was reportedly a 29-year-old mechanic who called himself “a broken guy.”

    A man reportedly made an "unauthorized takeoff" in a Bombardier Q400 turboprop from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Saturday, tweeted Alaska Airlines.

    F-15 fighter jets chased the rogue plane, which had no passengers on board. It crashed near Ketron Island in Puget Sound some 25 miles south-west of the airport.

    Videos on social media showed the dramatic flight being trailed by what looks like a military aircraft.

    The sheriff's office described the crash as "not a terrorist incident" and added, as quoted by The Seattle Times, that the hijacker was an unknown 29-year-old mechanic who crashed the plane either doing aerial tricks or because of poor flying skills. According to the airline, "a ground service agent employed by Horizon Air was the individual responsible for flying the Horizon Q400."

    "Male is confirmed a suicidal male. Acted alone he is 29 year old Pierce county residence," the sheriff’s office tweeted.

    The unauthorized pilot was reportedly speaking to an air traffic controller, who failed to convince him to land the aircraft safely. The man called himself "just a broken guy, [who] got a few screws loose."

    The Air Q400 aircraft, also referred to as a Dash-8, is operated by Horizon Air, a sister carrier of Alaska Airlines that flies shorter routes in the western US.



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