Airliner stolen from Seattle-Tacoma airport crashes

In a tweet Alaska Airlines confirmed they were aware of an incident involving an unauthorised take-off

A passenger plane crashed on an island in Puget Sound on Friday night, not long after a suspect conducted an "unauthorized take-off" from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington state, officials said.

Air Alaska passengers wait in the terminal following an incident where an airline employee took off in an airplane, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle, Washington, U.S., August 10, 2018.

"We're working to confirm who was on board, we believe there were no guests or crew on board other than the person operating the plane", the airline tweeted.

The Q400 did a loop the loop and nearly crashed into Chambers Bay, and then flew further south chased by two F-15 Eagle fighter jets from the Air National Guard in Portland.

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A Horizon Air plane was reportedly hijacked from a Sea-Tac Airport runway Friday night and was flown around until it eventually crashed in Ketron Island outside of Seattle, according to Federal Aviation Association sources.

The stolen plane was a twin engine turboprop Q400 airplane belonging to its sister carrier Horizon Air, Alaska Airlines said on Twitter.

Although the identity of the man is not known, authorities have confirmed that he was in charge of directing aircraft for takeoff, gate approach and de-icing planes. The station aired footage of a fire at the crash site taken by its helicopter. Those guys will rough me up if I try and land there.

Then the passenger plane pilot "did a complete loop. I was kind of hoping that was going to be it, you know". "The FAA is not a security agency, although we work closely with other government agencies on security issues". Witnesses said and Alaska Airlines plane is going down.

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"Hopefully it is just a stolen plane with one pilot and no passengers".

Authorities initially identified the man as a mechanic but later said he was a ground service agent, a job that includes directing aircraft for takeoff and gate approach, and de-icing planes.

Ketron Island is a sparsely populated island near Anderson Island, off Steilacoom, Wash.

Witnesses report F-15s chasing plane then saw smoke, and loud boom. Troyer said F-15 aircraft were in the air "within a few minutes" and the pilots kept "people on the ground safe".

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While the plane was still in the air, two F-15 Air National Guard fighter jets took off from Portland, Oregon.

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