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Seattle plane crash: Experts baffled by 'incredible manoeuvres’ performed by airline worker who hijacked aircraft

Seattle plane crash: Experts baffled by 'incredible manoeuvres’ performed by airline worker who hijacked aircraftUS aviation chiefs are struggling to work out how the ground crew worker who stole a plane at Seattle airport last week carried out a series of “incredible” loops and stunts before crashing off the coast of Seattle. Flight experts are still investigating how 29-year-old Horizon Air employee Richard Russell managed to start the Q400 turboprop aircraft, take off, then carry out a series of “incredible” manoeuvres. Audio recordings from the cockpit have revealed 29-year-old Horizon Air employee Richard Russell explaining how he picked up flight knowledge from video games.



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Seattle plane crash: Watch as stolen plane performs loop

Seattle plane crash: Watch as stolen plane performs loopRichard Russell, the hijacker of the Horizon Air Turboprop plane, performed dramatic loops, before crashing in a nearby wooded area. Witnesses saw the aircraft go into a full loop before flying close to the water. An hour after his take off, Russell plunged into Ketron Island, 40 kilometres south-west of the airport.



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Richard Russell: Family of Seattle plane hijacker speak of 'complete shock' at airline worker's death

Richard Russell: Family of Seattle plane hijacker speak of 'complete shock' at airline worker's deathThe family of a “suicidal” airline employee who hijacked a passenger plane in Seattle have spoken of their shock and sadness at his death. Richard Russell, a ground service agent at Sea-Tac International Airport, took off in an empty 76-seater plane at the height of rush hour on Friday evening. The Horizon Airlines worker flew the plane for around an hour, committing a number of dangerous manoeuvres while being followed by military jets, before crashing into a small island in the Puget Sound at 8.47pm.



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US investigators find black box of crashed Seattle plane

US investigators find black box of crashed Seattle planeUS investigators on Sunday said they found the flight data recorder of the Horizon Air plane stolen by a troubled Seattle airport worker amid plane wreckage on a sparsely populated island in Washington state. After falling through several 100-foot (30-meter) lines of trees, the Bombardier Q400 plane broke up into pieces small enough to pick up by hand, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Western Pacific Region chief Debra Eckrote told CNN.



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Theft and crash of Seattle airplane prompts FBI investigation

Theft and crash of Seattle airplane prompts FBI investigationThe family of an airline employee who stole and later crashed a plane near Seattle have said they are “stunned and heartbroken”, as authorities investigate how the major security breach happened. The family of Richard Russell – who was a ground services employee with Horizon Air, part of Alaska Airlines – said the actions of “Beebo”, as he was known to them, had come as “a complete shock to us”.



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'Suicidal' airport worker steals, crashes empty plane from Seattle airport

'Suicidal' airport worker steals, crashes empty plane from Seattle airportA 29-year-old “suicidal” airport worker who commandeered an empty plane from Seattle’s main airport and took it on an hour-long flight chased by F-15 fighter jets before crashing into a small island did not commit any security violations, officials said Saturday. Horizon Air employee Richard Russell told an air traffic controller he was “just a broken man” minutes before dying late Friday in the Bombardier Q400 twin-engine turboprop plane, appearing to apologize for his actions. Law enforcement officials identified him to US media.



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Richard Russell: Well-liked airline worker who died after stealing plane in Seattle

Richard Russell: Well-liked airline worker who died after stealing plane in SeattleThey were not his last words but they revealed something of Richard Russell's story as he sat at the controls of a stolen passenger aircraft, a few hundred feet above the ground. “I’ve got a lot of people that care about me," he told air traffic controllers. "It’s going to disappoint them to hear that I did this.” Minutes later he was dead. The empty Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft nosedived into island in Puget Sound, not far from Seattle.  Relatives and friends of the 29-year-old said they were struggling to reconcile the rogue pilot – whose actions closed an international airport and sent F-15 fighters scrambling into the air – with the likeable young man they knew. His family – who knew him as "Beebo" – expressed their heartbreak. Seattle plane crash "This is a complete shock to us," they said in a statement read by a friend. "We are devastated by these events, and Jesus is truly the only one holding this family together right now. Without him, we would be hopeless." They also referenced those conversations with air traffic controllers. "As the voice recordings show, Beebo's intent was not to harm anyone. He was right in saying that there are so many people who have loved him," they said. Rick Christenson, a former operational supervisor with Horizon Air, told The Seattle Times: “He was a quiet guy. It seemed like he was well liked by the other workers. “I feel really bad for Richard and for his family. I hope they can make it through this.” Richard Russell, who liked to be called Beebo, is seen in an undated photograph from a video he produced for his Youtube channel Credit: YouTube/Reuters Officials were quick to point out his work for Horizon as a ground service agent – which included working with baggage handlers and towing aircraft - meant he had cleared the background checks necessary to clean and maintain aircraft. In a video posted on YouTube last December, Russell showed luggage coming on and off aircraft, as he described the life of a ground service agent. "That means I lift a lot of bags, like a lot of bags, so many bags," he said, before adding that also allowed him to travel widely. There was no mention in the social media posts of studying to become a pilot but in some posts he spoke of his Christian religious faith and the possibility of joining the military. Authorities say he flew for about hour after taking the plane from a maintenance area of Seattle-Tacome International Airport, at times performing stunts such as a barrel role. The local sheriff's department said it believed he was suicidal. His posts said he met his wife in Oregon in 2010. "We were married one year later, and one month after that we opened a bakery which we successfully ran for 3 years," he wrote on his web page. "We consider ourselves bakery connoisseurs and have to try a new one every place we go." The couple later moved to Washington state, where he got a job with Horizon. His wife could not immediately be reached for comment.



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Seattle Airline Employee’s Sad Final Words Before Crashing Stolen Plane: ‘I Got a Few Screws Loose'

Seattle Airline Employee’s Sad Final Words Before Crashing Stolen Plane: ‘I Got a Few Screws Loose'The employee stole an unoccupied 76-seater Horizon Air turboprop plane Friday night.



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Seattle plane crash: Hijacker had security clearance to be among aircraft but did not hold pilot’s licence

Seattle plane crash: Hijacker had security clearance to be among aircraft but did not hold pilot’s licenceThe hijacker of an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane in Seattle had clearance to be among aircraft but did not hold a pilot’s licence, authorities said. The 29-year-old man used a machine called a pushback tractor to first manoeuvre the aircraft so he could board and then take off from Sea-Tac International Airport on Friday evening.



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Plane stolen by 'suicidal' employee crashes near Seattle

Plane stolen by 'suicidal' employee crashes near SeattleA "suicidal" airline employee stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and was chased by military jets before crashing into a small island in the Puget Sound on Friday night, officials said.



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