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The exact aircraft used in the Seattle incident, N449QX, a Horizon Air Bombardier Dash 8 Q400. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Stolen in Seattle: Airport Employee Steals Q400

The skies above Seattle, Wash. were the focus of the world last night as a stolen plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport was taken for a joyride around the Puget Sound area. Following a statement from Alaska Airlines GCEO Brad Tilden, we can confirm that the thief was a 29-year old Ground Service Agent for Horizon Air, a job which includes loading and unloading, towing and servicing aircraft. Previous reports speculated him to be a mechanic - due to his familiarity…