Richard Russell, pilot of stolen Horizon Air plane, had lighthearted tone before deadly crash

by Ezra Buckley on August 17, 2018

He cracked jokes, complimented the professional demeanor of an air traffic controller and apologized for making a fuss. But the friendly tone of a 29-year-old airport worker who stole a commercial plane Friday night, performing acrobatic stunts before a fatal plunge into a thick island forest, belied his desperate actions.

“I think I’m going to try to do a barrel roll, and if that goes good I’ll go nose down and call it a night,” Richard Russell said from the cockpit, according to a recording of his conversation with the controller.

https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/sky-king-richard-russell

Previous post:

Next post: