Employee takes off in empty airplane from Seattle's airport, crashes

Reuters

Posted at Aug 11 2018 01:33 PM | Updated as of Aug 11 2018 01:39 PM

Alaska Airlines on Twitter said it was aware of an unauthorized take-off of a Q400 airplane operated by its sister carrier Horizon Air. Photo courtesy of the Alaska Air website

An airline employee took off in an airplane at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport on Friday before crashing in the south Puget Sound, the airport said on social media.

No passengers were onboard during the incident and normal operations have resumed at the airfield, the airport said on Twitter.

Alaska Airlines said that it was aware of an unauthorized take-off of a Q400 airplane operated by a sister carrier Horizon Air.

"More information as we learn more," it said on Twitter.