2018 Horizon Air Q400 incident

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A Q400 used in the incident pictured in 2015

On August 10, 2018, a Horizon Air Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 was stolen from Seattle–Tacoma International Airport ("Sea–Tac") in SeaTac, Washington.

The man responsible was 29-year-old Richard Russell. He was a Horizon Air ground service operator with no piloting experience.[1]

Russell performed an unauthorized takeoff and flew southward as F-15 fighter jets were scrambled to take down the plane. Sea–Tac air traffic control made radio contact with Russell. He was killed when the plane crashed on sparsely populated Ketron Island in Puget Sound.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Kogan, Danielle (August 11, 2018). "ALASKA AIRLINES: EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT THE SUICIDAL HIJACKER". Newsweek. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  2. "Seattle: stolen plane crashes after rogue take-off from Sea-Tac airport". The Guardian. August 11, 2018.