New video of 2018 Horizon Air plane heist at Sea-Tac

28-year-old Horizon Airline employee Richard “Bebo” Russell stole a plane and took off before it crashed on the remote island of Pierce County

SEATAC, Wash. — Newly obtained video of the 2018 hijacking of a Horizon Airlines plane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport shows air traffic controllers and pilots trying to protect other planes in the area during the emergency.

It has been nearly four years since 28-year-old Richard “Bebo” Russell, a Horizon ground service agent with no piloting experience, successfully stole the plane and flew it around Puget Sound before it crashed to his death.

The new video shows from different angles how Russell managed to get the plane off the ground during what should have been a regular shift at the airport.

It was August 10, 2018. Russell checked in for work at Sea-Tac Airport at 2:36 p.m. The video shows him showing his ID to TSA and going through employee security. He wears a black t-shirt that reads “The Sky’s No Limit”. He grabs his backpack and walks on.

Five hours pass, according to an FBI report. What he did this time is unclear.

At approximately 7:15 p.m., he arrived in a tow vehicle at the cargo area at the far north end of Sea-Tac, known as Cargo 1. Air traffic control began to sense something was wrong as they attempted to make contact.

The video shows Russell alone towing the plane. He detaches the plane from the tow vehicle he is driving and the plane rolls forward. Seconds later, he runs toward the plane. He opens the cabin door and jumps in. He quickly pulls the door back up.

New audio release shares Russell’s words from his perspective on the plane.

“Seattle Ground Horizon guy. Shortly before the start. It’s going crazy,” he radioed in.

More and more pilots reported to air traffic control.

“We can also confirm that. He came flying out of nowhere. We didn’t even hear it – we thought we missed someone who wanted to put him in front of us, but he also came flying in front of us,” an unknown pilot said.

It became clear that something was definitely wrong.

“Tower, you need to call now and pull yourself together,” someone said over the radio.

While in the air, Russell continued to radio.

“Hey, I was in a predicament. I’m on the air right now. And will just fly around,” he said.

At one point he said he was going to see Mount Rainier.

Below, the traffic police told all planes to get as far away from the runway as possible.

“We’re all just freezing right now.”

An hour and 13 minutes after takeoff, Russell crashed the plane on a remote island in Pierce County, ending one of the deadliest airline safety breaches since 9/11.

The FBI ruled his death a suicide.

CLOCK: One year after the crash of the stolen plane New video of 2018 Horizon Air plane heist at Sea-Tac

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