Saturday, August 11, 2018

Enigmatic Case of the Stolen Plane by Richard Russell


Enigmatic Case of the Stolen Plane by Richard Russell

A 29-yr-old ground-baggage employee at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport stole a Bombardier Q400 twin-engine turboprop 76-seat aircraft on Friday, August 10th, 2018. He began circling the area, performing aerial stunts while engaged in an hour-long negotiation w/ air traffic control. In response, the North American Aerospace Defense Command & Defense Department unleashed two F-15 Eagle pilots from the Oregon Air National Guard‘s 142nd Fighter Wing. 



The fighters "were directed to fly supersonic to expedite the intercept," and attempt to redirect the aircraft over the Pacific Ocean but Russell had no intentions to land the stolen aircraft and eventually went down in a fiery crash on Ketron Island in North Pierce County, just south of Tacoma.


How the Airline Worker Who Stole a Plane in Seattle Exposed a Security Risk TIME



A Stolen Plane, A Devastated Family And A Nation Questioning Airport Security GapsCNN


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