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‘Stolen’ plane closes Seattle airport before crashing into sea

'Stolen' plane closes Seattle airport before crashing into sea

All flights were grounded at Seattle-Tacoma international airport in the US when a passenger plane took off without permission.

Authorities said an airline employee had made "an unauthorised take-off" without passengers.

Officials said the plane later crashed into the sea. The identity and condition of the pilot are not known.

US fighter jets were reportedly scrambled when the passenger plane took off.

Skip Twitter post by @SeaTacAirport

An airline employee conducted an unauthorized takeoff without passengers at Sea-Tac; aircraft has crashed in south Puget Sound. Normal operations at Sea-Tac Airport have resumed.

— Sea-Tac Airport (@SeaTacAirport) August 11, 2018

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End of Twitter post by @SeaTacAirport

The plane was a Horizon Air Q400, according to a statement from Horizon's partner airline Alaska Airlines.

The Q400 is a twin-prop aeroplane with up to 78 seats, depending on configuration.

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