"Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess. We are working background on him now", the sheriff's department tweeted.
While in the air, Russell joked for almost 20 minutes with the air traffic control agent, but admitted he had "a few screws loose" and called himself "just a broken guy". I was kinda hoping that was going to be it. No one outside the plane was injured, officials said.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command said Saturday it dispatched two F-15C alert aircraft from Portland to intercept the plane.
"I'm not quite ready to bring it down just yet", Richard said.
Rich's job as an airport grounds service agent provided him and Hannah with the opportunity to travel the globe, enjoying adventures everywhere from Alaska to Mexico to France. Those employees direct aircraft for takeoff and gate approach and de-ice planes.
In this long-exposure photo, smoke and an orange glow are seen on Ketron Island in Washington state, early Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018 as viewed from near Steilacoom, Wash.
No injuries were reported on the ground, Pastor said, as the plane crashed and started an intense fire on the wooded, 230-acre island, which has a population of 20. "Uploading and downloading the plane", said Halbert. "I would like to apologise to each and every one of them", he said.
Officials do not believe Russell had a pilot's license, and they do not know how he knew to fly the plane.
"It was unfathomable. It was something out of a movie", he told the newspaper.
"I've got a lot of people that care about me, and it's going to disappoint them to hear that I did this", Russell says.
"I feel like one of my engines has gone out", Rich told the captain as he flew the empty plane.
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"We are stunned and heartbroken", Richard Russell's family said in a statement read by a friend. The plane was "highly fragmented and the wings are off", she said. "We saw the jets circle back after and she texted that there was no plane".
Horizon Air Chief Operating Officer Constance von Muehlen said the company believes the man who stole the plane was a Horizon employee. There were no other people on board, and the man piloting the plane has not been recovered.
The air traffic controller can also be heard trying to talk him into landing.
An ground service agent at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is dead after stealing and crashing a commercial airliner on Friday.
The last known transmission was from about 8:47 p.m., the Times reported.
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The FBI said Friday night it was investigating the incident alongside other agencies.
A plane flies past a control tower at Sea-Tac International Airport Friday in Washington.
Currently, the FBI has taken over the investigation of the incident and Alaska Air has stated that they are working with authorities and their own safety teams to "thoroughly understand the incident".
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