Audio and video from a wild night in Seattle, as a rogue Horizon Airlines employee stole an aircraft, successfully executed an unauthorized take-off, performed impressive aerial tricks, tangled with military aircraft and then crashed the plane into an island in the Puget Sound. The rogue pilot claimed no previous flight experience other than from video games.
Two Portland based F-15s raced above the speed of sound to intercept the aircraft minutes after the extraordinary grab-and-go. The military jets did not fire any weapons, though they may have been prepared to do so if the plane threatened the heavily populated areas around Seattle.
Shocked onlookers on the ground recorded amazing audio and video from the episode, including a barrel roll near Tacoma. Air traffic control audio (ATC) of the incident has also been made widely available.
Select audio and video posted here:
WATCH: Video shows Stolen Horizon Airlines Q400 do loop in air and fly low to ground and water before crashing **VIDEO WARNING*** EXPLICIT LANGUAGE!— KOMO News (@komonews) August 11, 2018
FULL STORY: https://t.co/lttJfIjmIC
(Video: Skylar Jacboson) pic.twitter.com/0UL7Dkk42V
#BREAKING Alaska Airlines says it is aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. This video was taken by a woman who lives south of the airport. She says this is the plane. (Courtney Jensen Junka) pic.twitter.com/Zh3E4aGfSk— Fox26 News (@KMPHFOX26) August 11, 2018
Apparently someone stole a plane from SeaTac? Saw two fighter jets fly overhead then smoke pic.twitter.com/w0bveGUJQH— McKenna Brown (@mckenna_brown) August 11, 2018
ATC Audio from the stolen Horizon Air Q400: “I think I am going to try to do a barrel roll and if that goes good then I am going to go nose down and call it a night.” pic.twitter.com/83kpL44rw9— Benjamin Bearup (@TheAviationBeat) August 11, 2018
Some dude stole a plane from #Seatac (Allegedly), did a loop-the-loop, ALMOST crashed into #ChambersBay, then crossed in front of our party, chased by fighter jets and subsequently crashed. Weird times. pic.twitter.com/Ra4LcIhwfU— bmbdgty (@drbmbdgty) August 11, 2018
Dramatic audio reveals conversations between the air traffic controller, pilots and a mechanic who stole a Horizon Air turboprop plane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport before crashing it into an area of Puget Sound.
Video posted on Youtube by Seattle plane hijacker: