A 29-year-old airline employee stole an aircraft from the runway of a Seattle airport, leaving the about-to-board staff and customers in the terminal on Friday night.
Local authorities quickly ruled out terrorism as a motive for the incident, and said the F-15s "were not involved in the crash". The man sounds calm at times and jokes with operators on the ground, who try to direct him to places to land.
Horizon Air is part of Alaska Air Group and flies shorter routes throughout the US West.
Local KIRO-7 Seattle reporter Gary Horcher said on social media indications were the suspect was speaking to air traffic controllers.
"Although response efforts to tonight's aircraft incident and the investigation are still ongoing, information gathered thus far does NOT suggest a terrorist threat or additional, pending criminal activity".
"Was doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills caused crash into Island", the sheriff said on Twitter. Based on video from KIRO 7, the crash has started a forest fire on the island. It said the jets were not involved in the crash. We know how he is.
The Oregon Air National Guard confirmed two fighter jets took off from Portland International Airport and were heading to Seattle at the time this situation was unfolding. "Witnesses said a. plane is going down". Ketron Island is a sparsely populated island 25 miles (40 km) southwest of the airport.
Meanwhile, Deborah Wang, a former KUOW reporter was also tweeting: "Never experienced a plane being delayed on the tarmac because the airspace is closed", she wrote.
It said that the F-15 pilots kept the "Q400 out of harm's way and people on the ground safe".
"Alright (man's name), congratulations, you did that", an air traffic controller can be heard on recording.
The man responded: "Awwww-right. dammit. It's going to disappoint them to hear that I did this", the man can be heard telling air traffic control operators. I don't know! I don't want to. Well I would hope it would be for a guy like me'.
The exchange happened during the flight but the timing of the conversation is unclear. They said there were no passengers on board.