Seattle - On August 10, 2018, a Q400 from Horizon Air was stolen from Seattle–Tacoma International Airport with no passengers on board. Two F-15 fighter jets were scrambled to intercept the stolen Q400.
After the unauthorized take-off at about 20:00 local time, all flights in and out of the Tacoma airport were suspended.
We are aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air Q400. We believe there are no passengers on board. More information as we learn more,said Alaska Air Group in a tweet.
The aircraft was contacted by the ATC and followed by two McDonnell-Douglas F-15 Eagle aircraft. It was seen to do a barrel roll over before crashed on Ketron Island in Pierce County, Washington, killing the hijacker. No intervention from the fighters official says.
During the communication with the Air Traffic Control, the hijacker described himself as being a man in crisis.
I would like to apologize to each and every one of them. Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess, never really knew it, until now,he told the ATC.
I think I am going to try to do a barrel roll and if that goes well, then I am going to go nose down and call it a night,he continued.
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
Owned by Alaska Air Group, Horizon Air is a regional airline operator based in Seattle, Tacoma. Alaska Air Group is the parent company of Alaska Airlines as well.