Even in a post-9/11 world, with heightened airport safety, an airline employee managed to steal an empty passenger airplane unnoticed from the Seattle-Tacoma airport on Friday in broad daylight, take it for a joyride, and crash it into Ketron Island.
The person, now presumed lifeless, was an airport worker for over three years and didn’t have his pilot’s license, in accordance with airline officers. His title has not been launched. However the Seattle Instances named him as Richard Russell, an worker of sister firm Horizon Air.
All workers who work “airside” of terminals, the place the airplanes are parked, are subjected to a safety screening and required to put on ID tags always, in accordance with a report from The Every day Beast.
“There’s a protocol to not permit anybody singularly to get onboard an plane,” David Soucie, a security analyst at CNN mentioned. “If you are going to entry the plane … you just be sure you examine with another person, and that another person (will affirm) that … you may have the appropriate authority to get onto that plane.”
Why the measures failed on this event is, as but, unclear. However on Saturday, individuals throughout America had been asking how the person acquired into a completely fueled, and due to this fact doubtlessly explosive, airplane undetected, and the way he had managed to take off and fly with out being stopped.
The commandeered airplane was pursued by F-15 fighter jets and video footage exhibits the airplane trying harmful maneuvers, together with massive loops within the air. The pilot was apparently “suicidal” however not a terrorist.
“An airline worker carried out an unauthorized takeoff with out passengers at Sea-Tac; plane has crashed in south Puget Sound. Regular operations at Sea-Tac Airport have resumed,” the airport mentioned in an announcement on Saturday.