Plane Stolen From Sea-Tac, Crashes in Pierce County

    Alaska Airline will temporarily reduce its direct flights between Medford and Los Angeles. [Photo courtesy of Alaska Airlines]


    UPDATE 10:20PM:

    Preliminary info is that a mechanic from an unknown airlines stole plane.

    The Pierce County Sheriff says this is not a terrorist incident. They say the man who stole the plane was suicidal.

    We don't know his identity yet, but we do know he was a 29-year-old Pierce County resident.


    Sea-Tac Airport was put on ground stop Friday night due to a security scare, according to Alaska Airlines.

    A source at JBLM said it involves a stolen plane, which two F-15's have been tasked to intercept and forced to land.

    The source says the military jet made contact with the stolen plane, which then began to nose dive and crashed in North Pierce County.

    Alaska Airlines said via Twitter they are aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air Q400. They believe there are no passengers on board.

    This is a breaking news story. More updates to follow.

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