Family ID’d #SEATAC Suicide Plane Stealer As “Beebo” in “Complete Shock”

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SEATTLE, WA. (THECOUNT) — The family of Richard “Beebo” Russell, the man who stole an airplane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and later crashed it in a apparent suicide attempt, say he was a faithful husband, loving son and good friend.

In a statement, the family says Russell, 29, whose nickname was “Beebo,” was warm, kind and gentle. They describe the incident as a “complete shock.”

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Russell, 29 is presumed dead. His family says it’s clear he didn’t mean to harm anyone. source

Late Friday, a Horizon Air employee believed to be Russell stole an empty turboprop plane, took off from SeaTac and crashed on Ketron Island, a small island in the Puget Sound that is home to about two dozen residents. He was in the air for about an hour.

Video from Friday showed the Horizon Air Q400 doing large loops and other dangerous maneuvers as the sun set on the Puget Sound. The Q400 is a turboprop aircraft with 76 seats. There were no passengers aboard.

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