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Old 08-11-18, 02:32 AM   #1
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Mechanic steals aircraft from Seattle-Tacoma airport, crashes

Well, this could've been much worse. Sounds like he was alone, and hopefully the only fatality.

A couple F15s were scrambled and on it in 'minutes.'

An airline mechanic stole an empty plane from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with military jets pursuing him -- before crashing about 40 miles away, authorities said.

The 76-seater aircraft took off without authorization Friday night with an airline employee at the controls, airport officials tweeted.
The unidentified 29-year-old mechanic was pronounced dead after the crash, Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said.
The incident was not considered terrorism, according to Ed Troyer, a sheriff's spokesman.
It is believed the mechanic's lack of flying skills led to the crash, Troyer said.
"Was doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills caused crash into Island," the sheriff's department tweeted.


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Old 08-11-18, 02:35 AM   #2
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Re: Mechanic steals aircraft from Seattle-Tacoma airport, crashes

Well, that's one way to go!
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Old 08-11-18, 02:45 AM   #3
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Re: Mechanic steals aircraft from Seattle-Tacoma airport, crashes

Mp3: http://garchives1.broadcastify.com/15227/20180810/201808102255-590200-15227.mp3 the 2 minute mark seems to get the most commentary

Lot of atc chatter mixed in.
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Old 08-11-18, 03:08 AM   #4
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Re: Mechanic steals aircraft from Seattle-Tacoma airport, crashes

Wow. He's chillingly calm. It's just bizarre to listen to.
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Old 08-11-18, 05:34 AM   #5
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Re: Mechanic steals aircraft from Seattle-Tacoma airport, crashes

[merging into coworkers complaining on the job thread]
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Old 08-11-18, 08:48 AM   #6
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Re: Mechanic steals aircraft from Seattle-Tacoma airport, crashes

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Old 08-11-18, 08:53 AM   #7
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Re: Mechanic steals aircraft from Seattle-Tacoma airport, crashes

Some of the initial headlines I read for this story like, “Hijacked plane crashes into Washington” seemed purposely misleading to me.
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Old 08-11-18, 09:58 AM   #8
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Re: Mechanic steals aircraft from Seattle-Tacoma airport, crashes

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Some of the initial headlines I read for this story like, “Hijacked plane crash into Washington” seemed purposely misleading to me.
This his the proper way to write a headline

Horizon worker stole empty plane from Sea-Tac Airport, crashed on small island

https://www.king5.com/article/news/l.../281-582563371

You now know what's going on. No hyperbole, no clickbait. Just the facts. If you want to know more, you read the article, if not, you're good to go with the essentials.
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Old 08-11-18, 10:37 AM   #9
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Re: Mechanic steals aircraft from Seattle-Tacoma airport, crashes

at least he didn't decide to take a whole bunch of people with him like that German pilot. RIP.
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Old 08-11-18, 10:44 AM   #10
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Re: Mechanic steals aircraft from Seattle-Tacoma airport, crashes

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"Was doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills caused crash into Island," the sheriff's department tweeted.
That’s one hell of a tweet. Clear, concise, no ambiguity.

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Old 08-11-18, 02:12 PM   #11
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Re: Mechanic steals aircraft from Seattle-Tacoma airport, crashes

having seen some footage of what he was doing its kind of amazing he lasted for an hour in the air. I also have to wonder HTF he got off the ground and managed to start and run the plane. Its all pretty incredible....
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Re: Mechanic steals aircraft from Seattle-Tacoma airport, crashes

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having seen some footage of what he was doing its kind of amazing he lasted for an hour in the air. I also have to wonder HTF he got off the ground and managed to start and run the plane. Its all pretty incredible....
He said something about flight sim playing on those radio calls iirc.
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Old 08-11-18, 04:34 PM   #13
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at least he didn't decide to take a whole bunch of people with him like that German pilot. RIP.
Yep. That was a relief. The island where he crashed does have a few homes on it, so it's a good thing he didn't take anyone out.

I'd like to hear just the audio between the dude and the tower.
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Old 08-12-18, 11:21 AM   #14
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Wow. He's chillingly calm. It's just bizarre to listen to.
That can be an effect of knowing one is in a life or death situation. The brain just switches to problem solving, and emotions can wait.

It's not about not caring, it's about not having brain function to spare for that at the moment.
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Re: Mechanic steals aircraft from Seattle-Tacoma airport, crashes

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I heard he did it because a co-worker took a picture of him in his underwear taking a nap ...
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Old 08-13-18, 09:53 AM   #16
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I heard he did it because a co-worker took a picture of him in his underwear taking a nap ...
think I saw that on FB before they took it down....
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Re: Mechanic steals aircraft from Seattle-Tacoma airport, crashes

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think I saw that on FB before they took it down....
Nope, no way, not possible that anybody would actually see something on Facebook.
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Old 08-14-18, 09:59 AM   #19
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Re: Mechanic steals aircraft from Seattle-Tacoma airport, crashes

Spoke to my son last night.. he's a pilot and was in the air while this was happening. However he was over Boeing Field which is a distance away and he didn't even know any of this happened until after they had landed.
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Old 08-15-18, 12:06 PM   #21
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Re: Mechanic steals aircraft from Seattle-Tacoma airport, crashes

According to QAnon, this was a military strike on a submarine pedophile base, after all the kids had been evacuated.
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Old 08-15-18, 10:11 PM   #22
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According to QAnon, this was a military strike on a submarine pedophile base, after all the kids had been evacuated.
Is it sad that I can't tell whether or not you're serious?
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