Family of man who stole, crashed plane releases statement

Investigators are piecing together how an airline ground agent working his regular shift stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and fatally crashed into a small island in the Puget Sound after being chased by military jets that were quickly scrambled to intercept the aircraft.

Officials said Saturday that the man was a three-and-a-half-year Horizon Air employee and had clearance to be among aircraft, but that to their knowledge, he wasn't a licensed pilot. The 29-year-old man used a machine called a pushback tractor to first maneuver the aircraft so he could board and then take off Friday evening, authorities said.

A U.S. official briefed on the matter told The Associated Press the man was Richard Russell. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Family members of Russell say they are "stunned and heartbroken."

"This is a complete s…

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Plane stolen by airline mechanic from Washington state airport crashes, official says

Officials at Sea-Tac International Airport say an Alaska Airlines plane stolen by an airline employee has crashed in Washington state.

People reported traffic was stopped at Sea-Tac Airport due to a "hijacked plane."

Sheriff's officials said a man who stole an Alaska Airlines plane from an airport in Washington state was "suicidal."

Airport officials said the takeoff occurred without passengers, involving an airline employee.

Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, said on Twitter Friday night that a 29-year-old airline mechanic stole the plane.

KOMO News reports that a source from Joint-Base Lewis McCord confirmed that two F-15s were tasked to intercept and forced the Horizon plane to land. According to the site: "The source says the military jet made contact with the stolen plane, which then began to nosedive and crashed in North Pierce County."

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Dramatic dash cam video shows near-fatal shootout between troopers, driver


See the frightening exchange of gunfire in the video above

Newly released dash camera video shows a harrowing shootout between a man pulled over for speeding and two Pennsylvania state police troopers.

The Morning Call of Allentown on Thursday posted the recording of the November roadside battle that left an officer badly hurt with wounds to his neck, shoulder and thigh.

Cpl. Seth Kelly nearly died from his wounds, which included a severed femoral artery. Lehigh Valley Live reports Kelly was clinically dead when he arrived at the hospital. He spent 12 days in a medically-induced coma and 25 days in the hospital.

Northampton County prosecutors released the video to the newspaper and other media outlets six weeks after using it in the case against Daniel Clary.

Clary also was shot and drove himself to a hospital.

The video, shot from the dashboard of a state police cruiser, shows troopers trying to arrest Cl…

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Family of girl with special needs asked to leave theater because of ‘loud breathing’​

A West Virginia family is hurt after they were asked to leave a movie theater.

Shannon Davis told WSAZ that she and her wife, Gina, have adopted four children, including 12-year-old Charlie.

"She's a victim of shaken baby syndrome," Davis said. "It rendered her blind and quadriplegic. She didn't know what a mom was until we taught her."

Over the weekend, the family took Charlie to see "Jurrasic World: Fallen Kingdom" at the Huntington Mall Cinemark.

"She loves to go to the movies," Davis said. "It's her favorite thing because they offer audio described headsets."

The family was reportedly sitting in the handicapped section and a man was sitting directly in front of them.

"She can't talk, so she wasn't vocalizing or yelling, but she was breathing fast," Davis said. "She was very excited to get to do her favorite thing."

The man seated near them complained to the manager that Charlie was making too much noise. Abou…

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3-year old killed, 2-year old hurt after being struck by freight train


Police say a freight train struck two young siblings walking along railroad tracks in northwestern Indiana, killing one and critically injuring the other.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports 3-year-old Caleb Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision Tuesday morning and 2-year-old Ellie Wilson was airlifted to a hospital.

The girl “had noticeable injuries but was actively crying,” Portage Police Chief Troy Williams told the Chicago Tribune.

Williams said family members believed the two sneaked away from their home in a mobile home park adjacent to the tracks. He says adults were actively searching for them when the collision occurred.

The siblings' step-grandmother, Denise Benson, said, “Caleb is a train person. Caleb loves trains and, of course, little Ellie follows Caleb everywhere.”

CSX train personnel told investigators they saw the children, honked and tried to stop but could not before stri…

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