U.S. Coast Guard heads to crash site after rogue plane goes down near Seattle

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A plane crashed after an “unauthorized takeoff” from Seattle Airport Friday, authorities said.

A plume of smoke was reported near Ketron Island, Washington, after authorities received reports that a plane was stolen from Seattle Airport Friday night, according to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).

SeaTac Airport tweeted, “An airline employee conducted an unauthorized takeoff without passengers at Sea-Tac; aircraft has crashed in south Puget Sound. Normal operations at Sea-Tac Airport have resumed.”

An airline employee conducted an unauthorized takeoff without passengers at Sea-Tac; aircraft has crashed in south Puget Sound. Normal operations at Sea-Tac Airport have resumed.

– Sea-Tac Airport (@SeaTacAirport) August 11, 2018

Petty Officer Ali Flockerzi said one of the USCG’s 45-foot rescue boats was headed to the scene.

The island is between Tacoma and Olympia, she said.

Alaska Airlines tweeted, “We are aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air Q400. We believe there are no passengers on board. More information as we learn more.”

The stolen plane reports were received about 8:30 p.m. PDT, and the plume was reported about 15 minutes later, Flockerzi said.

We are aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air Q400. We believe there are no passengers on board. More information as we learn more.

– Alaska Airlines (@AlaskaAir) August 11, 2018