‘Insider threat’: How did a Horizon Air worker manage a commercial aircraft heist?


The “suicidal” man authorities say stole a commercial aircraft Friday from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport apparently wasn’t trained to fly. But somehow he managed to commandeer the 76-seater plane without anyone stopping him.

Officials from Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air detailed the man even had time to use a pushback tractor to back the aircraft up and rotate it around so he could take off.

Footage of his hour-long joyride shows him doing loops in the air and other experienced – but dangerous –maneuvers leaving airline officials and experts puzzled that he was even able to successfully turn on the plane, let alone make it past security and get into the air.

So how did a Horizon Air employee manage the heist? Here’s what we know:

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