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

    8 days ago - By Chron

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    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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