Listen: Man Hijacks Empty Horizon Airlines Plane from Sea-Tac Airport Before Crashing

Ground control tried to assist the unidentified 29-year-old man as he flew erratically around Seattle.

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An unidentified 29-year-old man on Friday hijacked a Horizon Air plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington, crashing near Ketron Island, ABC News reports.

The official Twitter account of Alaska Airlines, which owns Horizon Air, confirmed the “unauthorized take-off” of a Horizon Air Q400. “We believe there are no passengers on board,” the airline wrote. According to the Associated Press, airport officials said the incident involved an airline employee.

Pierce County public information officer Ed Troyer wrote on Twitter the unidentified male “was doing stunts in air,” and that a “lack of flying skills caused crash into Island.”

Jon Ostrower, editor-in-chief of The Air Current, posted audio of the call between the male and air control before the plane crashed.

Journalist Jimmy Thompson also pulled clips of the radio call between the hijacker and ground officials. Listen below:

Listen below:

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