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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The theft of an empty plane by an airline worker who performed dangerous loops before crashing into a remote island in Puget Sound illustrated what aviation experts have long known: One of the biggest potential perils for commercial air travel is airline or airport employees causing mayhem.

“The greatest threat we have to aviation is the insider threat,” said Erroll Southers, a former FBI agent and transportation security expert. “Here we have an employee who was vetted to the level to have access to the aircraft and had a skill set proficient enough to take off with that plane.”

The article goes on to state the following:

Video showed the Horizon Air Q400, a turboprop plane that seats 76 people, doing large loops and other dangerous maneuvers as the sun set on Puget Sound. The flight lasted about 75 minutes, and ended Friday night when he crashed into the small island after being chased by military jets. The two F-15C aircraft scrambled from Portland didn’t fire the plane, authorities said.

Southers said the man could have caused mass destruction.

“If he had the skill set to do loops with a plane like this, he certainly had the capacity to fly it into a building and kill people on the ground,” he said.

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  1. So who was he and why did he steal the plane? If the “experts” have known this, why weren’t more precautions taken then? What was his particular job description that allowed him to enter the empty plane like that? Didn’t that raise some suspicions? My gosh, with all the terrorist threats going on for something like this to happen really makes you wonder…Guess we all need to start being more diligent in protecting ourselves…

  2. Think people! Do you think it’s simple to start an aircraft for flying without instruction? Do you think anyone can just grab the gears and take off? And the barrel role – “I learned it from video games” – are you kidding me? Please look on Youtube for the video footage, especially when it swoops just over the water. That was no inexperienced baggage handler controlling that aircraft.

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