AUDIO: Airport Employee’s Conversation With Air Traffic Controllers After Stealing Plane Released

By  //  August 13, 2018

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ABOVE VIDEO: The “suicidal” airport employee who stole an empty plane before taking off from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) on Friday had a dramatic conversation with air traffic controllers as the incident unfolded. (Liveleak Video)

(FOX NEWS) – The “suicidal” airport employee who stole an empty plane before taking off from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) on Friday had a dramatic conversation with air traffic controllers as the incident unfolded.

The pilot, identified as Richard Russell, was addressed as “Rich” and “Richard” by air traffic controllers, a live air-traffic control feed showed, as obtained by the Seattle Times. Russell sounded upbeat and excited in the conversation while air traffic controllers sounded calm.

In one of the snippets of the conversation, Russell was heard talking about fuel and how he wanted to “go check out the Olympics.”

The air traffic controllers were heard asking the pilot if he knew his altitude. “Rich” said he was unsure what that meant but said he was on autopilot. The air traffic controllers told him in another snippet that they’re trying to keep him safe because other aircraft land at Sea-Tac.

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