A "suicidal" airline employee stole an empty passenger plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Friday and performed dangerous stunts in the sky before crashing on an island about an hour later, officials said.
The ground services worker, identified by authorities as a 29-year-old resident of Pierce County in Washington state, has died.
North American Aerospace Defense Command quickly launched two F-15 fighter jets to pursue the stolen plane, a federal senior aviation source told ABC News. The Federal Aviation Administration said it implemented a "groundstop" for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport as soon as the plane was taken, while air traffic controllers "communicated with the individual who was flying the aircraft to try to help him land safely."
The plane ultimately crashed on Ketron Island.
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