Horizon Air Apparent Suicide by Plane: A Big Lesson for Crisis Managers

There are so many unbelievable true stories in the news that it is sometimes hard to know what is real and what is Hollywood fiction. The tragic incident involving a Horizon Air ground crewman is one of those cases where truth is absolutely stranger than fiction.  Twenty-nine-year-old Richard Russell is believed to have committed suicide last Friday after he stole a commuter airliner from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac). Authorities are still investigating whether Russell did indeed commit suicide or lost control of the aircraft. He wasn’t a trained pilot but managed to use a tug to pull the aircraft to the runway, turn on the plane without a key and take off in the complex multi-engine turboprop, putting-on an aerobatic show for the next hour-and-a-half. Then, with military jets following, the 76-seat Q400 crashed into a remote Puget Sound island, killing the pilot and destroying the plane.

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