Plane stolen from SeaTac International Airport, multiple sources claim

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A 29-year-old Horizon employee stole an empty plane from Sea-Tac International Airport around 8 p.m. Friday.

Earlier Alaska Airlines reported an "unauthorized take-off" of an airplane and witnesses reported a jet being chased by military planes near Sea-Tac International Airport in Washington state.

The regional airline is based in the Seattle-Tacoma airport and it's owned by the Alaska Air Group.

There was no indication that the incident was an act of terror, the Pierce County Sheriff's Department said on Twitter. Then he added, "T$3 his is a single suicide male".

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The F-15 jets chased after the plane, but weren't involved in the crash, the sheriff's office said.

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A plane suddenly took off from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport today morning before the passengers could board and without taking permission to depart, creating a major scare, as US Air Force jets scrambled to intercept the twin turboprop aircraft.

According to the, witnesses reported seeing the Bombardier Q400, a turboprop aircraft, perform a loop-the-loop and almost slam into Chambers Bay, all while being pursued by fighter jets.

Witnesses told Seattle TV station KIRO that they saw the plane accompanied by two military aircraft before what they thought was a crash. I don't know. I don't want to. "I was kind of hoping that was going to be it, you know". They also said that operations at the airport had resumed after being temporarily halted. The sheriff said he was probably killed in the crash.

"It was unfathomable, it was something out of a movie", he said.

Spokesmen for the Transportation Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Aviation Administration directed inquiries to local authorities.