Theft of passenger plane spurs industrywide review of airport security

An airport departures board

Russell was referred to as "Rich" by air traffic controllers, and some of his friends referred to him as "Beebo".

"Oh, man, those guys will rough me up if I try and land there", the man says.

Last month, KGW went on a ride-along as the Oregon National Guard showed how they train for incidents like what occurred Friday night. Russell passed all the screening requirements for his tasks as a ground service agent, which range from handling baggage to towing airplanes, but he acknowledged during his in-flight radio exchanges with controllers that he had "a few screws loose".

A number of viewers called KING 5 after witnessing the plane crash on Ketron Island.

Two F-15 fighter jets chased the twin-engine turboprop plane that Richard Russell had hijacked.

The Friday night crash happened because the 29-year-old man was "doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills", the Pierce County Sheriff's Department said.

A sheriff's department spokesman said the man may have been suicidal but there was no terrorism connection.

Gregoire said officials were in contact with their airline partners and federal agencies from the first moments they knew something was wrong. He was only identified as an employee for Horizon Air, in a statement by Alaska Air Group CEO Brad Tilden.




The Plane was a Turboprop Q400 model capable of carrying 76 passengers.

Authorities say the man went through various background checks to get clearance to be in the secured area. But in the handful of clips, adding up to about 11 minutes, the man can be heard indicating that he wanted to do maneuvers, but didn't focus too much on landing the plane.

"It is highly fragmented", she said of the plane.

"In my person opinion, I think it's more of an individual issue that happened rather than a system problem", Stratman said. National Association of Flight Instructors President Rick Todd told The New York Times that Russell's explanation to an air traffic controller that he figured out how to fly the aircraft based on his use of videogame simulations was unexpected. "We're just trying to find a place for you to land safely".

NTSB investigators are set to analyze the recovered flight data recorder for clues next week.

"The people that do that typically have one of them in the cockpit and one of them in the tug, towing the airplane", he said.

"It was unfathomable, it was something out of a movie", he told the newspaper.

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