Monday, 17 January 2022

Airline employee steals plane, fatally crashes

OLYMPIA: Investigators are piecing together how an airline ground agent working his regular shift stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and fatally crashed into a small island in the Puget Sound.

Officials said Saturday the man was a 3½-year Horizon employee and had clearance to be among aircraft, but that to their knowledge, he wasn’t a licensed pilot.

Richard B. Russell, 29, used a pushback tractor to maneuver the aircraft so he could board and then take off Friday evening, authorities said.

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