Plane crashes after ‘unauthorized take-off’ from SeaTac airport, officials say

A Horizon Air passenger plane crashed on an island in Puget Sound Friday night, not long after a suspect conducted an unauthorized take-off from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington state, officials said.

The unidentified pilot was a 29-year-old “suicidal male,” the sheriff’s department said. The Seattle Times reported that he was a Horizon Air employee from Sumner, Wash.

The drama played out in real time on the Internet as the public was able to hear the suspect communicating with air traffic controllers via the air traffic control scanner.

“I’ve got a lot of people that care about me. It’s going to disappoint them to hear that I did this. I would like to apologize to each and every one of them. Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess,” the suspect said, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

“I’ve got a lot of people that care about me. It’s going to disappoint them to hear that I did this. I would like to apologize to each and every one of them. Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess.”

– Voice on air control scanner, believed to be that of suspect

Source: Plane crashes after ‘unauthorized take-off’ from SeaTac airport, officials say

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