Mekanik Bajak Pesawat Komersial Horizon Air di Seattle Airport

Airport Employee Hijacks an Empty 76-seat Commercial Plane from Seattle Airport

Editor : Ismail Gani
Translator : Novita Cahyadi


Mekanik Bajak Pesawat Komersial Horizon Air di Seattle AirportFoto2: MailOnline

PESAWAT dari maskapai Horizon Air Q400 (foto utama) dibajak Tacoma Airport di Seattle (kiri) oleh mekanik maskapai pada Jumat dan diburu oleh dua jet tempur F-15 sebelum jatuh sejauh 25 mil di selatan Puget Sound (kanan).

Sebelumnya petang ini, pengendali lalu lintas terdengar berbicara kepada tersangka yang diidentifikasi hanya sebagai ´Kaya´, ´yang mereka desak untuk ´mendaratkan pesawat dengan aman dan tidak melukai siapa pun´.

Pejabat bandara mengonfirmasi insiden itu sekitar pukul 12.30 pagi waktu setempat (lihat tweet, inset). ´Seorang karyawan maskapai penerbangan melakukan lepas landas tanpa izin tanpa penumpang di Sea-Tac; Pesawat jatuh di Puget Sound selatan. ´Bandara Sea-Tac kembali beroperasi normal,´ seperti di-tweeted sekitar pukul 21:30 waktu setempat seperti dilansir MailOnline.

Alaska Airlines mengatakan: ´Kami mengetahui adanya insiden yang melibatkan pengambilalihan Horizon Air Q400 secara ilegal. Kami yakin tidak ada penumpang di dalamnya. Informasi lebih lanjut setelah penyelidikan lebih lanjut.´

THE HORIZON AIR Q400 (main) was hijacked from Seattle-Tacoma Airport (left) by an airline mechanic on Friday and pursued by two F-15 fighter jets before crashing 25 miles away in south Puget Sound (right). 

Earlier this evening, traffic controllers could be heard speaking to a suspect identified only as ´Rich´, who they were urging to ´land the plane safely and not hurt anybody´. 

Airport officials confirmed the incident at around 12.30am ET (see tweet, inset). ´An airline employee conducted an unauthorized takeoff without passengers at Sea-Tac; aircraft has crashed in south Puget Sound. ´Normal operations at Sea-Tac Airport have resumed,´ the airport tweeted at around 9.30pm PT. 

Alaska Airlines said: ´We are aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air Q400. We believe there are no passengers on board. More information as we learn more.´