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This video game-inspired guy stole the real aircraft, and the result was shocking.

The plane was stolen from the tarmac by one of the Alaska personnel. He was inspired by the video game and felt competent flying it, so he stole it and the outcome was unexpected.

This video game-inspired guy stole the real aircraft, and the result was shocking.

This incident occurred in 2018, when one of the Alaska Ground handling employees took the bombardier Q-400 aircraft at Seattle International Airport. No one knows how he managed to steal the large aircraft.

Here is the story of how he managed to steal it. According to Richard Russell, a 29-year-old man who spoke with the ATC, he has had video game experience. He described the sensation of flying actual planes and killing himself as “insane.” A new surveillance video reveals the moment a baggage handler at Seattle International Airport stole an Alaska Airlines plane before deliberately crashing it on a secluded island and killing himself.

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A video from 2018 shows a man stealing an Alaska Airlines Q400 plane from Seattle International Airport. Richard Russell, 29, worked as a baggage handler at the airport and had access to aircraft on the tarmac. He pushed back the aircraft, boarded inside, took control, rolled to the runway, and took off. Controllers try to persuade him to return to land, but he ultimately decides to crash.

He can be seen wearing a black T-shirt with the words ‘The Sky’s No Limit’ printed on the back. He grabs his backpack and continues.

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More than five hours later, he is then seen making it out onto the tarmac in the cargo area of the airport and then using a tow vehicle to push the propeller aircraft back out onto a taxiway.

Air traffic control started to sense something was not right, and tried to make contact with the plane, but received no response.

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Meanwhile, Russell’s co-workers can be seen walking nearby, oblivious to the fact that he is about to get behind the controls of the plane.

Russell can be seen opening the cabin door to the Q400 Turboprop and jumping into the cockpit and taking off.

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‘Seattle ground Horizon guy. About to take off. It’s gonna be crazy,’ he radios the control tower.

Video shot from the ground later shows him performing stunts over Puget Sound.

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‘Hey, I found myself in a predicament. I’m in the air right now. And just gonna soar around,’ he can be heard saying over the radio.

On air traffic control recordings, Russel can be heard speaking with controllers who attempt to persuade him  to make a safe landing.

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Russell can also be heard joking with air traffic controllers.

At one point, he even asked air traffic controllers: ‘Hey do you think if I land this successfully Alaska will give me a job as a pilot?’

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The air traffic controller, trying to keep him on side, replied ‘you know, I think they would give you a job doing anything if you could pull this off’, to which Russell replied: ‘Yeah right! Nah, I’m a white guy.’

Air traffic controllers can also be heard begging Russell to land the plane and try to give him directions to a runway where he can put the plane down in one piece.

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Check the video for more details :

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‘There is the runway just off your right side in about a mile, do you see that?’ the traffic controller said.

‘Oh those guys will try to rough me up if I try land there…,’ Russell replied. ‘I think I might mess something up there too. I wouldn’t want to do that. Oh they probably have got anti-aircraft.’

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‘They don’t have any of that things, we’re just trying to find you a safe landing spot,’ said the traffic controller.

Russell informed the air traffic controller that he wasn’t ‘quite ready’ to land the jet.

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‘But holy smokes, I need to quit staring at the fuel because it’s running out fast,’ he continued.

‘OK, Rich, could you start a left turn and we’ll move you down to the south-east?’ replied the traffic controller.

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‘This is definitely life in prison, huh?’ Russell responded. ‘I’m hoping it’s for a guy like myself.’

While still in the air, Russel is heard telling traffic controllers that he is “just a broken guy,” before assuring them that he is preparing for “life in prison.”

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Two F-15 fighter planes were deployed from Portland to intercept the plane’minutes’ after it took off.

They were unsuccessful, and Russell intentionally crashed the jet on an island some 30 miles away, killing himself, one hour and 13 minutes after takeoff.

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Sheriff Paul Pastor described the incident as a “joyride gone horribly wrong” at the time. He stated that the man “did something dumb and may have paid with his life.”

Witnesses said they saw the plane perform barrel rolls and loop-the-loops as military planes diverted it away from densely populated areas.

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According to the FBI, there was no proof that Russell had ever gotten flight training, but he was familiar with the checklist for starting an aeroplane after watching instructional videos online.

Russell is heard on cockpit audio records informing air traffic controllers that he didn’t need as much assistance piloting the aircraft because he had previously played video games.

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‘Despite receiving information about Russell’s background, potential pressures, and personal life, no factor gave a clear motivation for Russell’s actions,’ according to the study.

He became concerned about the upcoming circumstances, and he considered crashing the plane.

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