(Seattle, WA) — Airline officials are stressing that safety is their number one priority after an airline employee stole a passenger plane from Seattle’s SeaTac Airport, crashed it and is believed to be dead. In a news conference today, Horizon Air CEO Gary Beck said the 29-year-old man was a ground service agent for Horizon Air, which is part of Alaska Airlines. The 76-seat Bombardier Q400 was taken from a maintenance position without clearance from SeaTac, prompting the military to scramble fighter jets. The plane eventually crashed onto a wooded island about 25 miles from the airport. There were no reports of injuries on the ground.
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