'suicidal' Man Steals And Crashes Empty Plane

A Twitter user took video of the plane before it crashed

A Twitter user took video of the plane before it crashed

The plane crashed into Ketron Island, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's office.

An airline employee "conducted an unauthorised takeoff" of an airplane carrying no passengers at the major airport in the northwestern USA state of Washington, airport officials said on Twitter.

Seattle-based The Air Current.com Editor-in-Chief Jon Ostrower said that "being able to power on and do a rudimentary preflight and engine start on a commercial airliner is not only the purview of trained airline pilots".

Air traffic controllers tried to talk the agent into landing but he refused.

The man responded: "Awwww-right. dammit".

Later, an official encouraged him to land the plane, to which the man replied: "I don't know, man". "I don't want to. I was kind of hoping that was gonna be it".

The exchange happened during the flight but the timing of the conversation is unclear. It described the man as suicidal. It did not elaborate.

"Okay this insane. A pilot on the plane in front of us just went rogue and took off on an empty plane bypassing orders from the tower", tweeted Ben Schaechter, a passenger on an airplane that was taxiing to take off before the incident.

- Kai Simpson (@Kai_AHS) August 11, 2018Some dude stole a plane from #Seatac (Allegedly), did a loop-the-loop, nearly crashed into #ChambersBay, then crossed in front of our party, chased by fighter jets and subsequently crashed.

Gov. Jay Inslee thanked the Air National Guard from Washington and OR for scrambling jets and said in a statement "there are still a lot of unknowns surrounding tonight's tragic incident".

Only the unknown pilot was on the plane, according to authorities.

The double propeller plane banks violently to the left as it hurtles perilously close the ground.

He then saw the two jets come back around toward him, but not the plane. No ground structures were involved at the crash site.

"We looked across the water there's this huge fireball coming up off the west coast of Ketron Island, followed by smoke". She says this is the plane. No passengers or crew were on board.

The airport also confirmed the plane wasn't carrying passengers.

It crashed about an hour later after it was stolen, and did not hit any ground structures.

"Without confirming anything, a stolen aircraft would be a security issue", Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

The controller said: "They don't have any of that stuff, we are just trying to find you a place to land safely".

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