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Alaska Q400 Stolen|You Can't Make this Up

23.6k JohnnyBoythePilot  1.8 years ago

Some 29-year old airport baggage handler at Alaska just stole a Q400 from Sea-Tac and took it on an insane and dangerous joyride, flying at high speeds at low altitudes and doing freaking loops in it. F-15's were scrambled, intercepted it, and then the Q400 crashed. Some are speculating the F-15's shot it down, but it's unconfirmed. The Q400 crashed on rural Ketron Island, luckily no one on the ground was killed.

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You can't make this crap up. HOW did this dude steal a regional turboprop from a busy as heck airport like Sea-Tac!!!???

UPDATE: He's not a mechanic, he was a baggage handler, so that's probably how he had such easy access to a Q400. Also, the Q400 took off with very little fuel, so the pilot didn't have much flight time and most likely crashed due to fuel starvation.

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    @BACconcordepilot educational hahahaha i would have an A- from sp

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    cool

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    1,084 Tacocat16

    I agree.

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    @Tacocat16
    Well there was an explosion on impact, but the fire wasn't that big, indicating very little fuel.

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    1,084 Tacocat16

    the airplane probably wasnt locked, plus there is no keys on them Q400s,and he took off between two other airplanes andi heard that he was protesting. in a way. but i dont think he wanted to go to a populated area. Also, i dont think the airplane ran out of fuel, because there was an explosion when it crashed, or maybe the fuel pickup couldnt get any fuel.

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    85.3k Dllama4

    @Fjorge They don’t know his intentions. What if he crashed the aircraft into a populated area?

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    13.8k Fjorge

    Why would they send F-15s? seems a little excessive.

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    @JohnnyBoythePilot from the video it appeared it did explode or catch fire, as there was a lot of smoke

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    @BACconcordepilot
    I'm guessing he ran out of fuel.

    Some were speculating the F-15's shot it down because many heard a loud booms/bangs, but that could have been from the Q400 impacting the island.

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    Same @JohnnyBoythePilot

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    btw ive seen video of the crash, the f15 did not shoot it down. it simply ran into the island, not enough altitude. its either a suicide or the fuel ran out.

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    @JohnnyBoythePilot yeah, it sounds like by the end he legitimately changed his mind and wanted to go back, but by that point his fuel was too low and it was already too late. he was talking about the fuel going down fast, if he really meant to crash that wouldnt have been a worry.

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    @BACconcordepilot
    Yea it is pretty sad, but he didn't want to land. ATC tried to convince him, but not only did he not want to land cause he'd go to jail for quite some time, but he probably didn't know how to land the Q400 either. From what I heard, the Q400 is quite notorious for being difficult to land. But it actually sounds like he crashed due to fuel starvation, not by deliberately crashing. He mentions one of his engines cutting out.

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    @JohnnyBoythePilot same tho

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    honestly im sad this guy died, looking at the atc stuff this was a great guy, it was legitimately fun to listen to what he was saying, kinda wanted him to just land and walk away with the greatest story to tell to friends

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    @BACconcordepilot
    Take it from me, about 60% of what I know in aviation came from my experience in FSX.

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    @jamesPLANESii according to atc transcripts he knew what he was doing from videogames
    microsoft flight simulator can be surprisingly educational

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    UPDATE: He's not a mechanic, he was an airport maintenance personal, so that's probably how he had such easy access to a Q400. Also, the Q400 took off with very little fuel, so the pilot didn't have much flight time and most likely crashed due to fuel starvation.

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    6,850 Wahoo12

    It’s actually kind of a sad story, after joking around with ATC and performing some aerobatics he said,
    “I’ve got a lot of people who care about me. It’s going to disappoint them to hear that I did this. 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.”
    Then he crashed.

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    LOOPS IN A FREAKING DASH-8

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    fsx in a nutshell @merasmusthewizard

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    8,153 melojam

    grand theft plane

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    29.5k BaconRoll

    Lmao I saw this in the news right before I flew on a Q-400

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    one of my friends on vacation was in the airport when that started

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    29.6k Hayhayjam664

    I saw this on the news honestly quite shocking, also when the plane crashed the authority’s didn’t check to see if the Pilot (if you can call him that) was still alive (the crash would probably of killed him)

    1.8 years ago
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