The Sky King

I’m joined by Steppy (@pweaseno) to discuss the third anniversary of The Sky King (Richard Russell) and his strangely endearing but ultimately tragic joyride in a stolen commercial aircraft.

  
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The Sky King

On August 10, 2018, a Horizon Air Bombardier Q400 was stolen from Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (Sea–Tac) in SeaTac, Washington. The perpetrator, 29-year-old Richard Russell, was a Horizon Air ground service agent with no piloting experience. After Russell performed an unauthorized takeoff, two McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle fighters were scrambled to intercept the aircraft. Sea–Tac air traffic control made radio contact with Russell, the sole occupant, who described himself as a "broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess." About 1 hour and 15 minutes after takeoff, Russell died by intentionally crashing the aircraft on lightly populated Ketron Island in Puget Sound.

- 2018 Horizon Air Q400 Incident, Wikipedia


I’m joined by Steppy (@pweaseno) to discuss the third anniversary of The Sky King (Richard Russell) and his strangely endearing but ultimately tragic joyride in a stolen commercial aircraft.

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