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TSA: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Was in Compliance When Horizon Aircraft Was Stolen

The Transportation Security Administration has determined that Seattle-Tacoma International Airport was in compliance with federal regulations when a Horizon Air commercial plane was stolen and crashed by a ground service agent in August.

TSA released the following statement:

“TSA takes its responsibility to enforce security related regulations and requirements to protect the nation’s transportation systems very seriously. As such, TSA has conducted a civil investigation pertaining to the Horizon Air event at Sea-Tac International Airport in parallel to the FBI’s criminal investigation. Through this investigation, TSA found Horizon Air and Sea-Tac International Airport to be in compliance with all security requirements. But in an effort to strengthen and further enhance security, TSA is working with industry partners and the Aviation Security Advisory Committee to look at ways to collectively strengthen security in all aspects of the airport environment.”

On Aug. 10, 29-year-old Richard Russell, who had no flying experience, stole the plane and was filmed making dangerous maneuvers before crashing and killing himself on Ketron Island.

MORE: Horizon Air Worker Takes Plane from Sea-Tac Airport, Crashes on Island in South Puget Sound


James Cullum
James Cullum
Multimedia journalist James Cullum has reported for over a decade to newspapers, magazines and websites in the D.C. metro area. He excels at finding order in chaotic environments, from slave liberations in South Sudan to the halls of the power in Washington, D.C.

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