Family Is Stunned And Heartbroken For Member Who Stole Plane

The family of the man who stole an airplane and took it on a joyride before fatally crashing it says they are “stunned and heartbroken” over the incident. In a statement released late Saturday, the family of Richard Russell--a ground service agent at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport--called him "a faithful husband, a loving son and a good friend.” On Friday night, 29-year-old Russell hijacked a 76-seat Q400 aircraft belonging to Alaska Airlines’ regional carrier Horizon Air and performed aerial acrobatics before crashing into nearby Ketron Island. He was the only person aboard. While in the air, Russell joked for nearly 20 minutes with an air traffic control agent and said he learned how to fly from a video game. He also called himself “just a broken guy” who was likely disappointing the many people who care about him.  Here's more from the New York Post.

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