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Alaska DHC8-Q400 barrel roll

Unread post by ACE MAN » Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:55 am

You’ll all be having a field day when news on this gets out, not sure on the authenticity. https://mobile.twitter.com/drbmbdgty/st ... 24/video/1
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Stolen Plane Crashes In Seattle

Unread post by PBotes » Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:03 am

https://abcnews.go.com/US/stolen-plane- ... d=57141064

Stolen plane crashes after unauthorized takeoff at Seattle airport: Source
An empty Horizon Airlines plane has crashed after it was stolen by a ground employee from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Friday night, according to a senior federal aviation source.

North American Aerospace Defense Command scrambled fighter jets to accompany the plane, which was steered away from Seattle and Tacoma by air traffic control, according to the source. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department said the two F-15s were not involved in the crash.

The crash happened on Ketron Island, which is southwest of Tacoma, in south Puget Sound. The small island has only a few homes.

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.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department has a number of vessels on scene, while the U.S. Coast Guard is on scene as well.
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Re: Alaska DHC8-Q400 barrel roll

Unread post by ACE MAN » Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:05 am

More on the Dash8 Q400 crash on Twitter https://mobile.twitter.com/jwsthomson/s ... 08929?s=21
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Re: Alaska DHC8-Q400 barrel roll

Unread post by Heli_Driver » Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:05 am

Here’s another article, definitely not fake news. Video and ATC audio in the link

https://heavy.com/news/2018/08/seatac-p ... d-seattle/
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USA: Alaska Airline plane stolen by mechanic and crashed

Unread post by GRAHAMW » Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:30 am





An airline mechanic stole an Alaska Airlines plane without any passengers and took off from Sea-Tac International Airport in Washington state, US, on Friday night (Saturday NZ time) before crashing near Ketron Island, officials said.

Preliminary information suggests the mechanic stole the Horizon Air Q400 and the crash occurred because the person was "doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills", the Pierce County Sheriff's Department said on Twitter.

The plane was chased by military aircraft, witnesses said.

The US Coast Guard was sending a 45-foot vessel to the crash scene after witnesses reported seeing a large plume of smoke in the air, Petty Officer Ali Flockerzi said.

Horizon Air is part of Alaska Air Group and flies shorter routes throughout the US West. The Q400 ix a turboprop aircraft with 76 seats.
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Re: USA: Alaska Airline plane stolen by mechanic and crashed

Unread post by BlaKingPrime » Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:09 am

Video of the barrel roll almost crashed it.

https://streamable.com/c1wos
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Re: USA: Alaska Airline plane stolen by mechanic and crashed

Unread post by jimdavis » Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:48 am

And this is the same guy who was entrusted with many lives through his work in the AMO. :shock:

Actually he made a reasonably neat job of that roll - considering he is only a desktop pilot. Amazing

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Re: USA: Alaska Airline plane stolen by mechanic and crashed

Unread post by Ugly Duckling » Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:07 am

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Re: USA: Alaska Airline plane stolen by mechanic and crashed

Unread post by happyskipper » Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:17 am

jimdavis wrote:
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:48 am
And this is the same guy who was entrusted with many lives through his work in the AMO. :shock:

Actually he made a reasonably neat job of that roll - considering he is only a desktop pilot. Amazing

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When Chris Phatswe stole the Air Botswana ATR 42 in 1999, to commit suicide, he also did some aerobatics - apparently these guys want to have one last blast before they do the job?
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Re: USA: Alaska Airline plane stolen by mechanic and crashed

Unread post by Wayne Boonzaier » Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:35 am

happyskipper wrote:
Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:17 am
jimdavis wrote:
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:48 am
And this is the same guy who was entrusted with many lives through his work in the AMO. :shock:

Actually he made a reasonably neat job of that roll - considering he is only a desktop pilot. Amazing

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When Chris Phatswe stole the Air Botswana ATR 42 in 1999, to commit suicide, he also did some aerobatics - apparently these guys want to have one last blast before they do the job?
:shock:
Well he died after having the most fun one can gave with your cloths on .. Not a bad half Cuban 8 combined with the start of a clover leaf huge fun no doubt especially in that aircraft.

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Re: USA: Alaska Airline plane stolen by mechanic and crashed

Unread post by jimdavis » Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:05 am

Ugly Duckling wrote:
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That woman doesn't have a very extensive vocabulary :shock:

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Re: USA: Alaska Airline plane stolen by mechanic and crashed

Unread post by happyskipper » Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:46 pm

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Re: USA: Alaska Airline plane stolen by mechanic and crashed

Unread post by Sideslip » Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:02 pm

I’ve heard the saying “fly it like you stole it” ...he sure did.
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Re: USA: Alaska Airline plane stolen by mechanic and crashed

Unread post by happyskipper » Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:49 pm

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Apparently NOT a ground engineer, but a ramp agent with towing quals - and some experience on Flighsim Dash 8..... :shock:


https://metro.co.uk/2018/08/11/horizon- ... s-7826083/

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https://richardrussellsite.wordpress.com/about/

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Re: USA: Alaska Airline plane stolen by mechanic and crashed

Unread post by cage » Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:55 pm

How do you hijack an empty aircraft?
Stolen probably doesn't sound as cool in print.
He likely wanted to leave the world with a bang and make sure he was noticed.
Mission accomplished.

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