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Richard Russell, who liked to be called Beebo, is seen in an undated video from his YouTube channel.

The airline employee who stole a plane from the Seattle airport and fatally crashed onto a small island was not a licensed pilot

The airline ground agent who stole a plane, took off from Sea-Tac Airport and crashed into a small island in the Puget Sound was not a licensed pilot, officials said Saturday. The man, identified as Richard Russell, was a 3.5-year Horizon Airlines employee and had clearance to be among aircraft.

The man who stole a plane from Sea-Tac Airport and crashed it has reportedly been identified as 29-year-old Richard Russell

The man who authorities said stole a plane from Sea-Tac Airport in Washington state on Friday has been reportedly identified as 29-year-old Richard Russell, a Horizon Air employee who worked on the tow team. Authorities said he was suicidal.
A view of a Q400 airliner and an apparent crash site where the passenger plane went down after a mechanic took off from the Seattle-Tacoma Airport without permission on Friday night.

Authorities say the 29-year-old ‘suicidal male’ who stole a plane at Seattle-Tacoma Airport and later crashed it had full security clearan...

An airplane employee took off in a plane without permission at SeaTac Airport in Seattle, Washington and later crashed in Puget Sound, the airport confirmed Friday night. There were no other passengers on board. The Pierce County Sheriff describes the person who took the plane as a "suicidal male."