FBI seeks motive after U.S. airline worker stole plane and crashed it

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© Reuters. A Horizon Air Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 lands at Calgary airport

By Brendan O’Brien and Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Federal authorities on Saturday were seeking to learn what drove an airline worker to steal an empty airplane from Seattle’s airport in a security scare that caused the scrambling of U.S. fighter jets and ended when the plane crashed onto a sparsely populated island.

A Horizon Air ground service agent got into a Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft on Friday night in a maintenance area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and took off, Horizon sister carrier Alaska Airline said.

He flew for about one hour, often erratically, before crashing on Ketron Island in Puget Sound, about 25 miles (40 km)

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