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“Sky King” is an internet nickname given to 29-year-old ground service operator Richard Russell after he stole a Horizon Air Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 airliner from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) and died after crashing on Ketron Island in Puget Sound. Listening to his last conversation below gives an extraordinary and emotional look into a person who rationalizes suicide.

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On August 10, 2018, a Horizon Air Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 was stolen from Seattle–Tacoma International Airport in Washington. The perpetrator, 29-year-old Richard Russell, was a Horizon Air ground service agent with no piloting experience.


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