Alaska Airlines says it’s aware of “unauthorized takeoff” from Seattle-Tacoma airport

Posted at 10:35 PM, Aug 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-13 10:35:20-04

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.