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SeaTac Airport Grounds All Flights After Plane Reportedly Stolen

11 August 2018

"Congratulations, you did it", the control tower tells the pilot, according to audio that aired on CNN.

Royal King of Mukilteo was photographing a wedding at Lake Steilacoom when he saw a low-flying Q400 plane and two F15 fighter jets trailing it. Speaking as someone in the industry, THAT is impressive.

The audio captured many tragic exchanges.

"Ah, Rich, don't say stuff like that", the controller said. "So, I started to capture video, just because I thought it was, kind of weird", he told CNN.

A plane flies past a control tower at Sea-Tac International Airport Friday evening, August 10, 2018, in SeaTac, Wash.

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Ella Pham said it was a painful thing to see. "It was so heartbreaking just seeing the plane crumbled into pieces", she said. The plane took off from Buchanan Field Airport in Concord, California, according to the Federal Aviation Administration .

Alaska Airlines confirmed there was an "unauthorized take-off" of a Horizon Air plane from Sea-Tac airport around 9.50 p.m Friday evening (04:50 Saturday UTC).

Flights out of Sea-Tac, the largest commercial airport in the Pacific Northwest, were temporarily grounded during the drama.

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

He told them, "Those guys will rough me up if I try and land there". Got a few screws loose, I guess. "Never knew it until now". "Really tough. But more than that, the tragedy is what strikes me", he said. "Ah, minimum wage. We'll chalk it up to that. Maybe that will grease the gears a bit with the higher-ups". But could you start a left turn please?? Only the unknown pilot was on the plane. He crashed from either doing stunts or because of a lack of flying skills.

Two F-15s fighter jets pursued the plane but were not involved in the crash, local TV station KIRO7 reported.

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It said that the F-15 pilots kept the "Q400 out of harm's way and people on the ground safe".

No one was injured on the ground, authorities said.

It added: "This is not a terrorist incident". Deputies said they know who the 29-year-old man is and they described him as suicidal. We'll move quickly to correct the record and we'll only point to the best information we have at the time. The jets were not involved in the crash, it said.

Ketron Island is about 25 miles southwest of the airport.

The US Coast Guard said it was aware of the situation happening at SeaTac Airport, NBC News reported. Periodically, his voice cut into the dispatches. This is probably jail time for life, huh? "I was kinda hoping that was gonna be it. Ya know?"

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SeaTac Airport Grounds All Flights After Plane Reportedly Stolen