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USA: Plane crashes after unauthorized take-off from Seattle airport

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DW – Witnesses have reported a plane being chased by military aircraft near Seattle-Tacom International Airport in the US state of Washington. No passengers have been reported on board.

Alaska Airlines confirmed there was an “unauthorized take-off” of a Horizon Air plane from Sea-Tac airport on Saturday morning. The aircraft crashed in south Puget Sound, according to the airport. Normal operations at Sea-Tac Airport have resumed. The airline, which operates Horizon Air, said on Twitter, “We’re working to confirm who was on board, we believe there were no guests or crew on board other than the person operating the plane.”

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter that preliminary information suggested that a mechanic had stolen the aircraft. The tweet said the crash may have been caused by the mechanic “doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills.”

“The sky was filled with fighter jets, you could hear it,” Jeff Duncan, resident on Anderson Island, told DW. He said he thought it was some military drills from the nearby McCord Airbase.

—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: August 11, 2018 at 02:27AM

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