Alaska Airlines plane crashes after unauthorised take-off from Seattle airport

A Horizon Q400

"(He) Acted alone, he is a 29 year old Pierce County resident".

The plane crashed at about 9:30 p.m. on Ketron Island, about 40 miles south of Sea-Tac Airport. "Pilots kept the plane out of harm's way and people on ground safe", the sheriff said on Twitter.

Only the unknown pilot was on the plane, according to authorities. Prior to crashing, the aircraft was filmed conducting extreme maneuvers over the Puget Sound, including a barrel roll and inverted vertical dive culminating in a high g pull-out just a few feet above the water's surface.

Audio recordings from the air traffic control tower at Sea-Tac feature the conversation between the tower and the man in the airplane. It's going to disappoint them to hear that I did this. I think I might mess something up there too. He knew something was off, he said Friday night.

The pilot's condition is not yet known, but police say the "fiery crash" made it likely that it was "probably not a good condition". The tiny island is accessible only by ferry. They even got a Q400 pilot in to help with instructions. Officials said there were no victims on the ground.

"Our hearts are with the family of the individual aboard as well as all our Alaska Air and Horizon Air employees, "she said in a video message".

According to the airlines, there were no passengers on board. More information as we learn more'.

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The crash sparked a fire in the dense forest. "The remnants from the flames from the fire that was started when the plane crashed". Witnesses shared footage of the plane's erratic flight before it crashed in Pierce County around 8:45 p.m.

"I think I am going to try to do a barrel roll and if that goes good then I am going to go nose down and call it a night".

A plane has crashed near Sea-Tac airport in Seattle after being stolen by an airline worker and perused by F-15 fighter jets. Confirming this, the airport said, "No passengers were onboard during the incident and normal operations have resumed at the airfield".

The Seattle FBI are now understood to be on the scene and have taken over the investigation.

At another point, Rich said, "I've got a lot of people that care about me". I would like to apologize to each and every one of them. "Never really knew it until now".

John Waldron, who took dramatic video of the stolen plane flying in a loop, told CNN that he was out for an evening stroll when he saw the two jet fighters following the turboprop aeroplane.

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