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Man Who Stole Seattle Airplane ID’d As Horizon Air Baggage Handler

The airline employee who commandeered a plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and ultimately crashed it on a nearby island in Puget Sound has been identified as 29-year-old Richard Russell.

Law enforcement sources confirmed to both The Seattle Times and The New York Times that Russell, a baggage handler for Horizon Air, was the pilot.

Horizon operational supervisor Rick Christenson told The Seattle Times that Russell was a “quiet guy” who seemed well-liked by his co-workers.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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