On Friday night, Seattle residents were greeted by a bizarre sight in the skies over Puget Sound. A 76-seat Bombardier plane performed stunts, flew erratically and, at one point, attempted a barrel roll, leading some observers to believe they were being treated to an impromptu air show.
The real story was far more tragic: The plane was piloted by Richard Russell, a 29-year-old Horizon Air employee who worked at the airport and had apparently never flown an aircraft before. He managed to commandeer the plane, take off and fly over a major metropolitan area for about an hour as two fighter jets trailed behind him.
He eventually crashed into an uninhabited wooded area on nearby Ketron Island in what authorities presumed was a suicide.
Source: The Washington Post