The plane took off with out authorization and with out passengers Friday evening with “an airline worker” on the controls, airport officers tweeted Friday.
The airplane went down on Ketron Island, which is about 40 miles southwest of the airport, the sheriff’s workplace stated.
The mechanic has solely been recognized as a 29-year-old man from Pierce County, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer tweeted.
It’s believed the mechanic’s lack of flying abilities led to the crash, Troyer stated.
In a tweet, Alaska Airways stated a Horizon Air Q400 turboprop plane that was concerned in an unauthorized takeoff round eight p.m. native time had crashed.
“We’re working to substantiate who was on board, we consider there have been no friends or crew on board apart from the individual working the airplane,” the airline tweeted.
Regular operations on the airport have been interrupted for a time by the unauthorized takeoff however have resumed, the airport stated in its tweet.