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Audio from stolen plane reveals final moments before deadly crash

2018-08-11 23:21
Audio recordings of a conversation between an air traffic controller and an airline worker that stole an empty plane from Seattle's airport shed light on the final moments before the stolen plane crashed on a remote island near Seattle on Friday (August 10). An Horizon Air ground service agent took the controls of a Bombardier Q400 turboprop airplane in a maintenance area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at about 8 p.m. local time Friday (0300GMT) and took off, embarking on flight over Seattle before crashing about an one hour later on Ketron Island in Puget Sound. The 29-year-old man, who has not been identified, was suicidal and appeared to have acted alone, the Pierce County Sheriff's Department said on Twitter, adding the employee was probably killed in the crash. Federal authorities were searching on Saturday (August 11) for what drove the airline worker to steal the empty airplane and spark a security scare that saw U.S. fighter jets scrambled. There was no indication that the incident was an act of terror and no passengers were aboard the plane, the FBI said in a series of tweets.