Friday around 8 p.m., a 29-year-old man from Sumner, Washington stolen a Horizon Q400 turboprop plane from Seattle Tacoma International Airport and took it on a 90 minute flight.
Video shows the man who flight controllers referred to as Rich doing a loop-the-loop and nearly crashing in the water.
The plane later crashed on Ketron Island near Steilacoom.
20 people live on the island.
No one except the pilot was on board.
During the flight, some of the communications from the pilot indicate he might have been suffering a mental health crisis at one point saying he didn't intend to land the plane.
Rich said, “I’ve got a lot of people that care about me. It’s going to disappoint them to hear that I did this. I would like to apologize to each and every one of them. Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess. Never really knew it, until now.”
Horizon Air COO Constance von Muehlen said in a late-night video that “our hearts are with the family of the individual onboard as well as all our Alaska Air and Horizon Air employees.”
No one on the ground was killed when the plane crashed. It caused a fire that was difficult to put out, because of a lack of water on the island.
Some dude stole a plane from #Seatac (Allegedly), did a loop-the-loop, ALMOST crashed into #ChambersBay, then crossed in front of our party, chased by fighter jets and subsequently crashed. Weird times. pic.twitter.com/Ra4LcIhwfU— bmbdgty (@drbmbdgty) August 11, 2018
Audio: "Alright Rich this is Capt. Bill congratulations u did that, know lets a, lets try to land that airplane safely & not hurt any1 on the ground." Nothing good about this at all, just glad he didn't decide to or accidentally take out innocent people. #seatac pic.twitter.com/KutHUrZrOd— Notch Johnson (@notch_j_johnson) August 11, 2018
Caution about language in the next video.
#BREAKING Alaska Airlines says it is aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. This video was taken by a woman who lives south of the airport. She says this is the plane. (Courtney Jensen Junka) pic.twitter.com/Zh3E4aGfSk— Fox26 News (@KMPHFOX26) August 11, 2018