There were no other passengers on the plane.
A turboprop plane that was stolen from Sea-Tac International Airport has crashed on Ketron Island, near Steilacoom, authorities said.
Pastor said the plane crashed on the island, with a population of 20 people.
A plane that reportedly took off without permission has sparked a major security incident at Seattle-Tacoma worldwide airport.
The suspect was identified as a 29-year-old Pierce County resident and the sheriff's office said he was an employee "doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills". Confirmed info. this is a single suicide male.
In several tweets, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee thanked the fighter pilots who were "ready to do whatever was needed to protect us".
Alaska Air said the F-15s were scrambled from a Portland air base.
The plane, which was taken from a maintenance position and was not scheduled for passenger flight, crashed about an hour later in a wooded area on Ketron Island in rural Pierce County.
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Some Seattle-bound flights were diverted to Vancouver.
Horizon Air is part of Alaska Air Group and flies shorter routes throughout the U.S. West. I don't know! I don't want to.
The airport said normal operations at the airport, which sits between Seattle and Tacoma, had resumed.
"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".
Excerpts from the audio reveal the air traffic controller urged the man to land the plane.
The man who stole the plane is believed to be a ground service agent. Witnesses said a. plane is going down. The identity and condition of the pilot are not known.
A MAN has stolen a passenger plane from an airport in the United States and deliberately flown it into the ground after being chased by military fighter jets above Washington.
The air traffic controller can also be heard trying to talk him into landing. "I was kind of hoping that was going to be it, you know". No one is departing as they work out an issue.
Witnesses told Seattle TV station KIRO that they saw the plane accompanied by two military aircraft before what they thought was a crash.