>> What's going on? We got an airplane circling our neighborhood with two jets.>> What was going on, according to authorities, is that an airline worker stole an empty plane from a Seattle airport on Friday before killing himself in a fiery crash. The sun bringing light to the wreckage Saturday on the sparsely-populated Ketron Island, just 25 miles south of the Seattle Tacoma Airport where the plane was stolen.
The Federal Aviation Administration, FBI and National Transportation Safety Board were out searching for clues on how he was able to steal a 76 passenger plane and why he crashed it. NTSB Regional Chief Debra Eckrote said the whole thing was very unusual.>> It's not like we get this every day.
Until the FBI has an opportunity to get a better obviously background on the person, find out what motive they had, that's kind of a little too early to make a determination.>> The 29-year old man who has not been named can be heard apologizing to air traffic control.
>> I've 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.>> He has not been identified as a pilot, and there's confusion as to what his specific role was at the airport.
Horizon Air, a sister carrier of Alaska Airlines, only described him as an employee.>> To our knowledge, he didn't have a pilot's license. So to be honest with you, I mean commercial aircraft are complex machines. They're not as easy to fly as say a Cessna 150. So I don't know how he achieved the experience that he did.
>> Eyewitnesses describe the incident as bizzare with some mistaking it as practice for an air show. But authorities viewed it as a security threat, calling up two F-15 fighter jets. According to the NTSB regional chief, the F-15s were not involved in the crash.>> Hope that wasn't a crash.