SEATTLE – Alaska Airlines said it is aware of an “unauthorized takeoff” of a Horizon Air plane from the Seattle Tacoma Airport Friday night.
The airline said it the plane was a “Horizon Air Q400,” a turboprop plane that is primarily used as a regional jet. Alaska Airlines said it believes no passengers were on board the plane when it took off.
The Coast Guard told NBC News that a plume of smoke was reported near Ketron Island, Wash. and that a rescue boat is headed to the scene.
The island is located between Tacoma and Olympia.
The first report of a stolen plane were made around 8:30 p.m. and the plume of smoke was reported about 15 minutes later.
There are no confirmed reports about injuries at this time.
This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is available.