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QX Q400 stolen by employee, crashed near SEA, no passengers onboard

Old Aug 11, 2018, 10:38 pm
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The incident itself is covered here: Sea-Tac Horizon Air employee steals airplane, does stunts before crashing near Tacoma The errant pilot, Mr. Russell, apparently recognized he was in the midst of a crisis (From Theft of Aircraft in Seattle-Tacoma Raises Serious Security Questions): I got a lot of people that care about me and its going to disappoint them to hear that I did this, Mr. Russell said to air traffic controllers. I would like to apologize to each and every one of them. Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess. Never really knew it until now.

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KSEA tower audio of the aircraft on RWY 16C: http://archive-server.liveatc.net/ks...2018-0230Z.mp3 (begins around 3:40)
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QX Q400 stolen by employee, crashed near SEA, no passengers onboard

Old Aug 10, 2018, 10:35 pm
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QX Q400 stolen by employee, crashed near SEA, no passengers onboard

Seeing a bunch of chatter on Twitter that airspace near SEA was cleared and that an AS Q400 was intercepted by two F15s. If reports are correct, I hope it's nothing serious...

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Old Aug 10, 2018, 10:45 pm
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This is bonkers. Someone took a plane out for a joyride. Full ground stop at SEA. Listening to the ATC try to convince this guy to bring the plane back.

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Old Aug 10, 2018, 11:01 pm
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A friend of mine on Twitter said he was on a full ground stop for an hour, and then heard the plane crashed somewhere?
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Old Aug 10, 2018, 11:03 pm
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Just saw reports that it crashed. Not sure if it was shot down or not. Listening to the ATC feed, I heard the guy say "aw man, I think one of my engines is going out!"

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Old Aug 10, 2018, 11:05 pm
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Tail number?
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Old Aug 10, 2018, 11:06 pm
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N423QX is being reported on A.net as the Tail Number.... (FlightAware says 423 is at MFR)

Sounds like a Horizon Employee took the thing??? Unfortunately appears to have crashed...

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Old Aug 10, 2018, 11:10 pm
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Originally Posted by jk88usa
N423QX is being reported on A.net as the Tail Number....

Sounds like a Horizon Employee took the thing??? Unfortunately appears to have crashed...
423 is in Medford https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/n423qx
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Old Aug 10, 2018, 11:13 pm
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Yeah, just looked at FlightAware and you're right. No idea where the guy on Airliners.net got that from.

Wild video on twitter now of the guy being pursued by fighter jets...

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Old Aug 10, 2018, 11:19 pm
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apparent photo post-impact; all credit to the instagram user who posted the pic.
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Old Aug 10, 2018, 11:23 pm
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KSEA tower audio of the aircraft on RWY 16C: http://archive-server.liveatc.net/ks...2018-0230Z.mp3 (begins around 3:40)

another pilot reports that the aircraft came from the north cargo area.
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Old Aug 10, 2018, 11:27 pm
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Alaska Airlines on Twitter: We are aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air Q400. We believe there are no passengers on board. More information as we learn more.
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Old Aug 10, 2018, 11:28 pm
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Per King5 TV in Seattle AS has released a statement saying they don't believe there were any passengers on board.

MileageAddict gave the source.

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Old Aug 10, 2018, 11:33 pm
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Old Aug 10, 2018, 11:35 pm
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The story is developing, but I hope the plane crashed and was not shut down.
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Old Aug 10, 2018, 11:39 pm
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well, although there's no N number in the press release itself (as of this time), i guess we can reasonably deduce from that URL that it was N449QX.
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