A Horizon Airlines plane has crashed after it was reportedly stolen by a ground employee from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Friday around 8 pm, according to local authorities and a senior federal aviation source.
The employee has stolen Alaska Airlines Q400 passenger airplane from from the airport and has since crashed on Ketron Island in the southern Puget Sound. No passengers are believed to have been on board the plane.
North American Aerospace Defense Command scrambled fighter jets to accompany the plane, which was steered away from Seattle and Tacoma by air traffic control, on its hour-long flight, according to the source.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said the two F-15s were not involved in the crash. But according to local media, witnesses reported seeing F-15 fighter jets chasing the plane, followed by smoke and loud boom.
The crash took place on Ketron Island, which is southwest of Tacoma, in south Puget Sound. The small island has only about 20 year-round residents.
The employee who stole the plane was 29 years old, from Pierce County and called ‘suicidal’ by the sheriff’s department. It clarified this was not a terrorist incident.
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
“Most terrorists don’t do loops over the water,” Sheriff Paul Pastor said. “This might have been a joyride gone terribly wrong.”
The Pierce County Sheriff tweeted, “Stolen horizon airplane crashed into Ketron island. Preliminary info is that a mechanic from unknown airlines stole plane. Was doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills caused crash into Island.”
Likewise, Alaska Airlines tweeted about an incident involving an “unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air Q400. They said there were no passengers on board.
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.
— Alaska Airlines (@AlaskaAir) August 11, 2018
Doctors remove live cricket from man’s ear canal
Doctors at a hospital in Vietnam shared footage from an unusual case involving a cricket found living inside a man’s ear canal.
The doctors said the man came to the Hai Duong Hospital complaining of ear pain and a look inside his ear canal with an endoscope revealed the cause was a live cricket.
The footage shows the cricket digging around inside the man’s ear canal.
Doctors have successfully removed the cricket, and he is now recovering.
See the video Here.