Plane Thief Said He Trained on Games, Didn’t Plan to Land

 wsj.com  8/12/2018 1:22:52 PM   Alison Sider, Alison Sider The Wall Street Journal BiographyAlison Sider @alyrose alison.sider@wsj.com Andy Pasztor and Andy Pasztor The Wall Street Journal BiographyAndy Pasztor Andy.Pasztor@wsj.com Jay Greene Jay Greene The Wall Street Journal BiographyJay Greene @greene iamjaygreene Google+ jay.greene@wsj.com

The Horizon Air ground worker who stole a twin-engine airliner and took it on a wild ride over Puget Sound said he had experience on personal flight-simulators he called “videogames” and never intended to land the plane.

Some of rogue pilot Richard Russell’s own statements to air-traffic controllers could provide clues to law-enforcement and aviation officials investigating how he managed to perform aerobatic maneuvers in a sophisticated plane.

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