Skip to comments.U.S. airline worker steals plane, takes it for flight before crashing it
Posted on 08/11/2018 5:14:47 AM PDT by Java4Jay
An Horizon Air ground service agent took the controls of a Bombardier Q400 turboprop airplane in a maintenance area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at about 8 p.m. local time Friday and took off, embarking on flight over Seattle before crashing about an one hour later on Ketron Island in Puget Sound, Horizon sister carrier Alaska Airline said online.
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At least he did his spectacularly news-worthy suicide without harming anyone else.
He had flight skills, watch video
Says something about security (or lack of) at the airport
Same thing happened May 23, 1969, when an AF Sergeant stole a C-130 from RAF Mildenhall trying to get back to the US to see his sick wife. The aircraft crashed in the English Channel but rumors flew around that the AF had shot him down.
TSA has been mailing it in....
So, I guess we need to increase their budget. :-(
Its what happens when you are a Psychopath Heathen Liberal and think you know everything. Winning !
suicide or thwarted terrorists act...now that FBI involved we will never know...
Thanks for the link. It sure does look like he’s a skilled pilot.
sort of rules out he has a first name Mohammad.
>>suicide or thwarted terrorists act...now that FBI involved we will never know...
When you hear hoofbeats, you don’t think of zebras.
When you hear hoofbeats, you dont think of zebras....unless you’re on the veldt.
That barrel roll was impressive!
You forgot to add he was drunk. Changes the story a little bit.
A couple of things to note here:
1) Ground workers can be certified to move airplanes on their own power, such as from a terminal to a hangar. Getting to that step is 90% of what you need to know to take off. Add a few flying lessons in a Cessna and you’re in the air.
2) Large airplanes don’t have ‘ignition keys’, or, I guess now, FOBs. Anyone who gets in can fly away to the friendly skies, providing the airplane is serviced to do so.
I suspect there will be a SERIOUS investigation over this and probably some added security measures (resulting in added costs to fly, obviously).
And just like the 911 terrorists, he didn't bother to learn how to LAND the plane.
“It is unclear how the employee was able to taxi the plane on a runway and take off without authorization.”
“He don’t need no stinkin’ fight plan.”
Not long after WWII a friends father and his buddy purchased a cheap Army surplus Stearman.
The pilot delivering it said that for a few dollars and a ride to the nearest train station he would give them a flying lesson.
After the lesson, they took it for a ride!
He said, take off was OK, flying around was fun!
The landing was a different story.
After multiple attempts, with many problems...
They went for it!
He said they bounced so hard he thought they had crashed, but it rolled on!
NEVER TOUCHED IT AGAIN and sold it for a loss.
Like it never dawned on the overpaid security kakistocrats that something like this could happen.
Bummer. Someone else has to clean up the mess.
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