>> The suspected airline worker who stole an empty plane from a Seattle airport was a former baker and world traveler, described by his family as a warm and compassionate man. While he hasn't been named officially, his family and multiple media outlets have reported his identity as 29-year-old Richard Russell.
The man known as Beebo to friends worked for Horizon Airlines as a ground service agent. Authorities say an empty Bombadier Q400 aircraft was taken from a maintenance area at Sea-Tac International airport. It was flown for about an hour, often erratically with attempts at aerial stunts, before crashing on nearby Ketron Island.
Russell's family members said in a statement they were stunned and heartbroken, his final moments captured in recordings from Air Traffic Control.>> I got a lot of people that care about me, and it's gonna disappoint them to hear that I did this. I would like to apologize to each and every one of them.
I'm just a broken guy. I've got a few screws loose I guess, I never really knew it till now.>> It's still unclear how it was possible for the plane to be taxied on a runway and taken off without authorization. And Horizon Air Chief Executive Gary Beck said they don't know how he was able to take off and fly as he did, adding that commercial aircraft are complex machines.
The instance sparked a security scare, with two F-15 jets scrambled in response. The FBI are now seeking to find out exactly how and why it happened.>> Another one in the sky.