"There is a runway just off to your right side in about a mile", the controller says, referring to an airfield at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
The man sounds calm at times and jokes with operators on the ground, who try to direct him to places to land. "It's going to disappoint them to hear that I did this".
Two f-15 fighter jets were scrambled from Portland to intercept the stolen aircraft.
At a news conference in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, officials from Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air said they still working closely with authorities as they investigated what happened.
"We are going to be thorough, which means taking the time needed to scour the area, delve into the background of the individual believed responsible, and review every aspect of this incident with all appropriate public & private partners", the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.
In a statement, the airport said: "An airline employee conducted an unauthorized takeoff without passengers at Sea-Tac; aircraft has crashed in south Puget Sound". Horizon Air is part of Alaska Air Group and flies shorter routes throughout the West in the United States.
"We have multiple 911 calls, over 30, reporting a fireball", Troyer said. Separate audio, being shared on social media, seems to suggest the man thought he could land the aircraft by himself because he had played "some video games".
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"I've got a lot of people that care about me", he said. "Never really knew it until now".
Air traffic controllers and pilots could be heard discussing a "ground stop" and dealing with a backlog of aircraft.
No injuries were reported on the ground, Pastor said, as the plane crashed and started an intense fire on the wooded, 230-acre island, which has a population of 20. Beck described the flight as being an hour long before the crash on Ketron Island.
The plane was chased by military aircraft, witnesses said. Only the unknown pilot was on the plane.
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"I lift a lot of bags". Whether or not "Rich" realized it, the national guard had scrambled a pair of F-15 fighters to protect the airports in case he made any threatening moves toward one of them.
After the plane approached Ketron Island, Waldron saw a thick column of smoke followed by a loud explosion, he said.
"I'm just amazed that one person affected so many other people", said Leddy.