Suicidal Mechanic Crashes Q400 + second suicide 3 days later in Utah.

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Suicidal Mechanic Crashes Q400 + second suicide 3 days later in Utah.

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Post by howie » Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:34 am

A Horizon Air Q400 crashed on Ketron Island near Seattle-Tacoma Airport in Washington State and there are reports that it was stolen by a suicidal mechanic. It was confirmed late Friday that it was not a terrorist act. Early reports say a “mechanic from an unknown airline” took off without authorization from Sea Tac in the regional airliner and was seen “doing stunts” before it was intercepted by a pair of F-15s. It crashed shortly afterward. Local authorities said the plane was not shot down and some reports said that it was crashed intentionally. Others said the aircraft was herded away from densely populated areas by the fighters and crashed in a sparsely populated area. Pierce County Sheriff's department said the mechanic was 29 years old and has been identified. We will be following up on this story as new details become available.




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Re: Suicidal Mechanic Crashes Q400

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Post by Bell 407 » Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:48 am

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Post by Propnut » Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:36 am

Googled a bit and found a video clip from a news station in the area. During the podcast they played a few minutes of the conversation between the 29yr old and the ATC. He admitted to possibly having a few screws loose, and apologised to his family who he realised would be devastated by his actions. He was airborne for almost an hour and one of his comments to the ATC was the high rate of fuel burn, much faster than he had ever thought about. He also came to understand that he would probably get a life time in jail, which was what he had not thought about. At times the ATC tried to get him to head towards a nearby airfield and land, but he replied that he would stuff up the landing and then the airport would be closed, and he did not want that.

Thinking back on the news clip I think that as he was taking the aircraft out of the maintenance area where it had just been repaired, he continued onto the runway and took off in a spontaneous way. He probably only realised the consequences of what he had done once actually in the air. Then decided to have some enjoyment while he had fuel remaining, as towards the end he understood there was no turning back. At all times he spoke in a calm voice.

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Second pilot suicide

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Post by Raffles » Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:11 pm

Followed by another suicidal maniac who crashed a Citation 525 into his own home. His wife and son inside were lucky the plane hit a car first and they escaped unharmed.

Citation 525 crash Aviation-Safety.net



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