Ketron Island, Washington-BREAKING: Pilot’s final words from the #Seatac tower audio.
The pilot says quote, “I got a lot of people that care about me, it’s going to disappoint them”.
The 29 year old man now being named only as “Rich” also says, “I’m just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess, I didnt know until now”.
At one point in the communication, Rich says, “Chock it up to minimum wage…ya…maybe that will grease the wheels of upper management..”
“I’m just gonna do a barrel role real quick”, to which he followed with, “I played video games, so I know what I’m doing a little bit”.
#Seatac It’s believed the employee was the only person on board in a plane that crash landed on Ketron Island in Pierce County.
A tweet from the Pierce County Sheriff says the possibly suicidal man was a mechanic for an un named airline.
The plane was stolen.
The Sheriff mentions the man’s lack of flying skill as the cause of the crash.
Two military F-15 Fighter Jets followed the plane. It is not known if they were involved in the downing of the plane
An investigation into the cause of the crash and motive are now on going.
Some planes were diverted to Portland and Oakland.
This is not believed to be a terrorist threat.
#StayConnected #BreakingNews Planes Grounded At Sea Tac. Confirmed that it was an airline employee who took the plane. Flights diverted to Portland and Oakland. #FMNews101
From Pierce County Sheriff Twitter feed:
1. Pierce Co Sheriff @PierceSheriff 59m59 minutes ago
F 15 s were scrambled out of Portland.
2. Pierce Co Sheriff @PierceSheriff 59m59 minutes ago
Confirming sonic boom was Air Force and not explosion as originally reported.
Pierce Co Sheriff @PierceSheriff 1h1 hour ago
Told F 15s made it within a few minutes of theft of plane. Pilots kept plane out of harms way and people on ground safe. Yay air
They may not admit for a few days. But is true.
3. Pierce Co Sheriff @PierceSheriff 2h2 hours ago
I am working with FBI and Military. All info sent out here is confirmed. Sheriff Paul Pastor will be contact at Steilacoom dock.
4. Pierce Co Sheriff @PierceSheriff 2h2 hours ago
Follow this thread for official info. This is not a terrorist incident. Confirmed info .. this is a single suicide male. We know who
he is. No others involved.
5. Pierce Co Sheriff @PierceSheriff 2h2 hours ago
6. Male is confirmed a suicidal male. Acted alone he is 29 year old Pierce county residence . We are working back ground on him now.
Pierce Co Sheriff @PierceSheriff 2h2 hours ago
No passengers on plane.
7. Pierce Co Sheriff @PierceSheriff 2h2 hours ago
Two military F 15 chased plane but was not involved in crash
8. Pierce Co Sheriff @PierceSheriff 2h2 hours ago
Many fire and police enroute. Sheriff Paul Pastor will be media contact at Steilacoom Dock. He is there now
9. Pierce Co Sheriff @PierceSheriff 2h2 hours ago
All official info will be through this feed
10. Pierce Co Sheriff @PierceSheriff 2h2 hours ago
Stolen horizon airplane crashed into Ketron island. Preliminary info is that a mechanic from unknown airlines stole plane. Was doing
stunts in air or lack of flying skills caused crash into Island