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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

Posted On: Aug 12, 2018   |   Posted By: Business Insider

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

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 commercial air travel: airline or airport employees causing mayhem.
The theft of an empty turboprop plane by an airline worker at Sea-Tac International Airport who performed dangerous loops before crashing into a remote island in Puget Sound illustrated what aviation experts have long known: One of the biggest potential perils for commercial air travel is airline or airport employees causing mayhem.
Investigators are piecing together how the airline ground...

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