The theft of an empty plane from Sea-Tac Airport highlights one of the biggest potential perils for commercial air travel — airline or airport employees causing mayhem

Richard Russell, an airline ground agent at Sea-Tac International Airport, stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane and fatally crashed into a small island on Friday night. Officials said Saturday that the 29-year-old was a 3.5-year Horizon Air employee and had clearance to be among aircraft, but that to their knowledge, he wasn’t a licensed pilot. At a news conference on Saturday, officials from Alaska Airlines and Horizon said they are working with authorities

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