Seattle plane crash devastates family, raises questions on airport security

  • Seattle plane crash devastates family, raises questions on airport security

Seattle plane crash devastates family, raises questions on airport security

"Without him, we would be hopeless".

Russell, the former Horizon Air employee who took to the skies in a stolen airplane in Seattle, gleaned what knowledge he had of flying planes from video games.

Russell flew wild loops over Puget Sound, screamed low over frightened onlookers and had existential - and, at turns, freakish - chats with air traffic controllers as two Air Force F-15 jets gave chase.

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Thank you for signing up for the 5 Things to Know Newsletter. He appeared to struggle at times, however, telling air traffic control: "I have no idea what all that means" and fretted about his fuel supply declining.

"I don't think there will be a knee-jerk reaction, but everyone is going to look a little bit more carefully about how aeroplanes are secured and who has access to them when they are on the ground", Prof Bamber said.

He also admitted he had "a few screws loose" and called himself "just a broken guy" who would likely be disappointing the many people who loved him.

"It may seem hard for those watching at home to believe, but Beebo was a warm, compassionate man", Mike Mathews said in the family's statement.

"As the voice recordings show, Beebo's intent was not to harm anyone", Mathews said. In another moment, Russell says he is lightheaded and talks about adjusting the cabin pressure, but it is not clear whether he was able to do that.

In a website that appears to be for a college communications class, Russell writes that he met his wife Hannah in OR in 2010 and they were married one year later.

"The main effort for everyone involved is to get him to land safely, that's course of action number one", NORAD spokesman Capt. Cameron Hillier said. "He was very big-hearted".

The plane crashed on Ketron Island, a small island in the Puget Sound that is home to about two dozen residents.

Horizon Airline CEO Gary Beck expressed surprise at what Russell accomplished with his lack of airplane training. The jets were armed but did not open fire, said a US Aerospace Defence Command spokesman.

Per the Guardian, investigators believe Russell used his security clearance to steal the plane from a maintenance area.

The 76-seat Horizon Air turboprop plane took off without authorisation at 7:32 pm local time on Friday, with Russell, who was not a pilot, at the controls, officials said.

"There were some maneuvers that were done that were incredible maneuvers with the aircraft", Beck said.

"It seemed like he was well liked by the other workers", he told the newspaper. "I feel really bad for Richard and for his family". "I would like to apologize to each and every one of them".

A large part of the investigation will focus on how the man was able to just take a plane.

"Our hearts are with the families of the individual aboard as well as all of our Alaska Air and Horizon Air employees", said Constance von Muehlen, the airline's chief operating officer. The jets' capability was appropriate to the potential task, one of the sources said, without offering details. Like, a lot of bags.

"You could tell he was in pain", said Kaelin, who worked the night shift with Russell for eight months in 2016 and his since left the airline. The video then shows footage of a sight-seeing plane tour in Ketchikan, Alaska, and of trips to France and Mexico.

The airline worker, whose nickname was Beebo, has not yet been formally named as the pilot of the plane but he has been identified as such by his family and by United States media.