Last Updated : 2019-07-19 23:34:00

Seattle-Tacoma plane thief ‘had full airport credentials’

13 August 2018 10:10 am - 0     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

A A A

 

A 29-year-old “suicidal” airport worker who commandeered an empty plane from Seattle’s main airport and took it on an hour-long flight chased by F-15 fighter jets before crashing into a small island did not commit any security violations, officials said Saturday.   


Horizon Air employee Richard Russell told an air traffic controller he was “just a broken man” minutes before dying late Friday in the Bombardier Q400 twin-engine turboprop plane, appearing to apologize for his actions.   


In a conversation with the control tower, the pilot came across as excitable, confused and even apologetic.   


 “Congratulations, you did it,” the control tower tells him, according to an audio feed aired on CNN.   
 “Let’s turn around the air and land it and not hurt anybody on the ground.” “I don’t know, man,” the pilot answers. “I don’t want to. I was kind of hoping that was going to be it, you know...”   


But he later worried he was running low, saying the fuel had burned “quite a bit faster than I expected.” The control tower then urged him to land at a nearby military base.  “I wouldn’t want to do that. They probably have anti-aircraft,” he responds.   


 “This is probably jail time for life, huh?” he later says, according to a recording published by The Seattle Times.   


 “I’ve got a lot of people that care about me. It’s going to disappoint them to hear that I did this,” he said.   


 “I would like to apologize to each and every one of them. Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess. Never really knew it until now. “ 
SEATTLE AFP Aug12, 2018   

 

  Comments - 0


Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.

Reply To:

Name - Reply Comment


Sri Lanka yet to play to their potential--Rumesh Ratnayake

After England amassed 397 runs against Afghanistan—the highest in the tourn

Dinesh Chandimal- 2018 ODI Captain to 2019 World Cup ‘spectator’

In 2018, Dinesh Chandimal scored 298 runs at 42.52 in One-Day Internationals

Singling out of Rishad Bathiudeen as a political target

The orchestrated political campaign by the Mahinda Rajapaksa-led opposition i

TWISTS AND TURNS in the Dr. Shafi controversy

The sterilization charges against Dr. Seigu Shihabdeen Mohamed Shafi from the