A stolen Alaskan Airlines passenger plane ‘may have crashed’

NBC News is reporting that a Horizon Air Q400 passenger plane has been stolen from Seattle Airport and may have crashed.

It says “that a plume of smoke was reported near Ketron Island, Washington, after authorities received reports that a plane was stolen from Seattle Airport, according to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).”

The island is between Tacoma and Olympia.

At the same time, Alaska Airlines, the airline’s parent company, has just tweeted that it is aware of an “incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air Q400.”

It says that no passengers were on board.

NBC says that the reports of the stolen plane “were received about 8:30 p.m. PDT, and the plume was reported about 15 minutes later.”

The Q400 is twin-engine turboprop that carries up to 90 passengers, although a typical configuration is 82.

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