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

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

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

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 requires a series of switches and levers.
The airline ground agent who stole an empty commercial airplane , took off from Sea-Tac International Airport, and fatally crashed into a small island in the Puget Sound was not a licensed pilot, officials said Saturday.
The man, identified to the Associated Press as 29-year-old Richard Russell, was a 3.5-year Horizon Airlines employee and had clearance to be among aircraft.
Russell, who is presumed dead, took the...

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