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'Suicidal' mechanic steals plane from Seattle airport

By Elaine Thompson and Michael Balsamo

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Ah well at least he didn’t take anyone out with him....

“Doing stunts or lacking flying skills” don’t seem to mate well. It’s one or the other.

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Ok, I reread the article twice, he was suicidal, I get it, there was a crash, I get that too. I even get the part where witnesses saw a large plume of smoke.

Question for the author; did the guy succeed?

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Crazy people find a way. Too bad the plane was destroyed.

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Lucky not a nuke sub.

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"Later the man said: "I've got a lot of people that care about me. It's going to disappoint them to hear that I did this...Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess."

Heart breaking. From the info available it's a near certainty he died.

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Heart breaking. From the info available it's a near certainty he died.

Quite so! The initial article and THIS one are quite different...

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@Yubaru There's nothing in this article that says the man died. However there is this:

"Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said the man "did something foolish and may well have paid with his life," but could not confirm if he was dead."

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The way I read it is, he is probably dead. What is unclear is, was it ultimately at his own hand or did an F-15 get a missile off?

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The latest CNN report says that the man is confirmed dead, and he crashed. No fire from the F-15s, he crashed himself.

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I can't help buy wonder if he had in mind suicide by crashing the plane into a big building or populated area.

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More evidence that there is something fundamentally wrong with society. Why are we not recognizing and helping people before they become suicidal or murderous?

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Pretty impressive he knew how to take off and fly the thing. At least he only killed himself and not others.

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