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The airline employee who stole a plane from the Seattle airport and fatally crashed onto a small island was not a licensed pilot

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Youtube/Handout via REUTERS
Airline ground agent Richard Russell stole an empty Horizon Air plane on Friday night from Sea-Tac International Airport and fatally crashed into a small island in the Puget Sound.
Officials have said that the 29-year-old was not a licensed pilot, but had clearance to be among aircraft.
Video from the incident shows the Horizon Air Q400 doing large loops and dangerous maneuvers before crashing on to an island 90 minutes after taking off.
It remains unclear how Russell attained skills to do loops in the aircraft, or how he knew how to start the engine, which...
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The theft of an empty plane from Sea-Tac Airport highlights one of the biggest potential perils for commercial air travel - airline or airport employees causing mayhem

The theft of an empty plane from Sea-Tac Airport highlights one of the biggest potential perils for commercial air travel - airline or airport employees causing mayhem

4 monthes ago   |   By

Associated Press/Elaine Thompson
Richard Russell, an airline ground agent at Sea-Tac International Airport, stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane and fatally crashed into a small island on Friday night.
Officials said Saturday that the 29-year-old was a 3.5-year Horizon employee and had clearance to be among aircraft, but that to their knowledge, he wasn't a licensed pilot.
At a news conference on Saturday, officials from Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air said they are working with authorities to investigate what happened.
The incident highlights one of the biggest potential perils for...
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