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Authorities say the 29-year-old 'suicidal male' who stole a plane at Seattle-Tacoma Airport and later crashed it had full security clearance

There were no other passengers or ... Airport was a ground service agent with Horizon Air since 2015. Since taking that position, authorities said the employee had undergone various background checks ... read more

FBI recovers body, black box at site of Ketron Island crash

It is believed that he had no flying experience ... reached the Horizon craft within minutes of the theft. The jets followed until the crash. They did not shoot it down. All flights were temporarily g... read more

Man Who Stole Plane from Sea-Tac Had Security Clearance to be Among Aircraft

1:55 p.m. Authorities say the man who stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane from Sea-Tac International Airport in Seattle was a 3.5-year Horizon employee and had clearance to be among ... and the... read more

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Pilot: It’s shockingly easy for an airline employee to steal a plane

As a former airline pilot, I was chilled listening to the recorded Air Traffic Control (ATC) transcripts of Richard Russell, the 29-year-old Horizon ... by security vetted employees through jet bridge... read more


Authorities probe how airline employee could steal plane

Officials said Saturday that the man was a 3.5-year Horizon employee and had clearance to be among aircraft ... with authorities as they investigate what happened. "Safety is our No. 1 goal," said Bra... read more

How a Sea-Tac employee could steal a plane

“He had access to that area legitimately. No security ... employees. Howell said that would not be TSA’s purview — if an employee passes the security clearance check, further discretion is up to the a... read more

Official Says Security Protocols Worked Correctly When Seattle Airport Worker Stole a Plane

Even though an airport employee stole a plane and flew it for an hour before crashing, a Port of Seattle official said "all security ... Horizon Air turboprop from a maintenance area by himself. He wa... read more

FBI investigating how employee could steal Horizon Air plane

Officials said Saturday that Russell was a 3.5-year Horizon employee and had clearance to be among aircraft ... with authorities as they investigate what happened. "Safety is our No. 1 goal," said Bra... read more

Airline employee steals, then crashes plane

Officials said Saturday that the man was a 3.5-year Horizon employee and had clearance to be among aircraft ... with authorities as they investigate what happened. “Safety is our No. 1 goal,” said Bra... read more

Authorities identify man who stole plane from Seattle airport and crashed it into an island

The 29-year-old hijacker was performing mid-air stunts over Puget Sound, an erratic flight pattern that seemed ... but airline executives said Russell had been an employee since 2015, and he possessed ... read more

Hear audio leading up to plane crash

As a former airline pilot, I was chilled listening to the recorded Air Traffic Control (ATC) transcripts of Richard Russell, the 29-year-old Horizon ... by security vetted employees through jet bridge... read more

Authorities probe how airline employee could steal plane at Sea-Tac

Officials said Saturday that the man was a 3.5-year Horizon employee and had clearance to be among aircraft ... with authorities as they investigate what happened. “Safety is our No. 1 goal,” said Bra... read more



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