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Horizon Airlines Ground Crew Employee Steals and Crashes Plane

Horizon Airlines Employee A Horizon airlines employee, identified as Richard Russell, stole a plane in Washington state and crashed in Puget Sound after being chased by F-15 fighter jets late Friday.

Now there are questions linger as to how he was able to do it and what security measures are in place to respond to these types of situations.

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The Federal Aviation Administration reported that stolen plane was a Bombardier Q-400

Mr. Russell had worked for Horizon for three and a half years, and was responsible for handling luggage and cargo and for towing aircraft. He had worked his shift on Friday before he took off from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at around 7:30 p.m. PT (10:30 p.m. ET) on Friday and crashed about an hour later, officials said.