A man has stolen an Air Q400 plane from Seattle’s international airport on a dramatic unauthorised flight chased by fighter planes before crashing on a nearby island, reports say.
The stolen aircraft from Alaska Airlines sister carrier Horizon is believed to have crashed on Ketron Island near Seattle.
Alaska Airlines has tweeted, “We are aware of an incident involving an unauthorised takeoff of a Horizon Air Q400.
“We believe there are no passengers on board. More information as we learn more.”
The stolen Air Q400 took off without authorisation from Seattle’s SeaTac airport and crashed not far away, according to unconfirmed reports.
SeaTac Airport is in lock down with all flights halted.
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
There were no reports advising as to whether the aircraft may have been shot down.
Local air radio was saying firefighting helicopters have been dispatched to Ketron Island where a small fire is currently burning after the stolen Q400 crashed on the south end.
Originally published as Man steals plane, chase ensues