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Horizon Air employee had security clearance, specialized training

A 3 ½ year employee of Horizon Air had specialized training and security clearance, helping him carry out his plan ... it crashed on Ketron Island in south Puget Sound. There were no other people on ... read more

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

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 ... read more

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Man Steals Plane And Crashes After 'Unauthorized Takeoff' From Seattle Airport

Horizon is owned by Alaska Air Group, Inc., which also owns Alaska Airlines. As part of his job, he had security clearance, and routinely had ... It was unclear whether he had flight experience, ... read more


Stolen Horizon Air plane ‘a serious breach,’ raises questions about airport security

Though the employee was at the end of his shift — and had no purpose approaching ... from the taxiway to a runway, Horizon Air CEO Beck declined to speculate. Normal procedures call for a flight crew ... read more

Authorities probe how Seattle airline employee could steal plane

Officials said Saturday that the man was a 3.5-year Horizon employee and had clearance ... flight. Given that a commercial airplane is far more complex to operate than a small plane like a Cesna, said ... read more

Horizon Air employee stole, crashed plane on Pierce County island

Russell was an employee of Horizon Air and had a security clearance. Officials do not believe ... Commercial aircraft are complex machines. No idea how he achieved that experience," said Gary Beck, ... read more

Seattle hijacker’s plane heist, midair stunts and fiery crash expose gaps in aviation security

The 29-year-old hijacker was performing midair 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

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 ... read more

Airline employee who stole plane highlights insider threats

SEATTLE --An airline employee exposed a gaping hole in airport security over the weekend. Richard Russell easily stole a commercial aircraft and took it on fatal flight ... ground had no idea who they ... read more

Man steals passenger plane from Seattle airport, crashes after 'unauthorized takeoff'

Horizon is owned by Alaska Air Group, Inc., which also owns Alaska Airlines. As part of his job, he had security clearance, and routinely had ... It was unclear whether he had flight experience, ... read more



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