Emerging reports indicate a mechanic at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has stolen an airplane, creating a security issue.
Without confirming anything, a stolen aircraft would be a security issue,” Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.
“The FAA is not a security agency, although we work closely with other government agencies on security issues.”
An F-15 jet reportedly attempted to intercept the aircraft stolen by a suspect whom law enforcement has identified as “Rich.”
Shortly after receiving reports that the plane flew “around Puget Sound,” witnesses say they saw a “large smoke plume,” rising from Ketron Island.
Can confirm the identification of this one if this video is authentic. This is a Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 commercial airliner. This is a 76 seat regional turboprop aircraft. https://t.co/2rNRqNFprR
— Jon Ostrower (@jonostrower) August 11, 2018
An airline employee conducted an unauthorized takeoff without passengers at Sea-Tac; aircraft has crashed in south Puget Sound. Normal operations at Sea-Tac Airport have resumed.
— Sea-Tac Airport (@SeaTacAirport) August 11, 2018