Aeroplanes have become one of the most trusted and fastest means of transport in any country. The planes need high maintenance and are very costly for companies. Airport security plays an important role in protecting human lives as well as the airport property.
In a recent incident, a plane was stolen from an airport by a man and after swinging it in the air he crashed it. The man identified as Russell was part of the Air-Ground Service.
The job of a ground service agent includes directing aircraft for takeoff and gate approach, handling baggage and tidying and de-icing planes, authorities said.
Russell, a Horizon Air ground service agent for three and a half years, was the only person aboard the plane, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said.
Within minutes of the plane’s takeoff, the military scrambled two armed F-15 jets from Oregon to follow it, according to local and airline authorities and two sources with knowledge of the situation.
In audio recordings of the incident posted on the Internet, Russell can be heard talking to air traffic controllers as they try to guide him to land the plane. At one point, he apologizes and says he is a “broken guy” with “a few screws loose.”
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“I’ve got a lot of people that care about me, and it’s going to disappoint them to hear that I did this,” Russell says. “I would like to apologize to each and every one of them. Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess. Never really knew it until now.”
Some dude stole a plane from #Seatac (Allegedly), did a loop-the-loop, ALMOST crashed into #ChambersBay, then crossed in front of our party, chased by fighter jets and subsequently crashed. Weird times. pic.twitter.com/Ra4LcIhwfU
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After Russell talked periodically with air traffic controllers for about an hour, the plane crashed at Ketron Island, officials said.
The incident has raised many questions about the security of the airport. Investigators headed to the crash site on Saturday to recover the plane’s data recorders and Russell’s remains, according to reports. It is highly advised people to not trust video games in real life situations which can keep risks of people on the line.