THIS is the shocking moment a US F-15 fighter jet gave chase to a hijacked passenger plane before it crashed.
Footage captured by witnesses shows the hijacked Horizon Air Q400 performing stunts over Ketron Island near Seattle.
The double propeller plane banks violently to the left as it hurtles perilously close the ground.
Shocked witnesses proclaim “it just did a loop-the-loop”.
And then moments later the 1655mph F-15 comes screaming overhead in chase.
The video then ends – and just moments later the aircraft had crashed in the Puget Sound.
“Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess. Never really knew it until now”
The sheriff said the pilot appeared to have acted alone and was most likely killed in the crash.
The hijacker has been described as a 29-year-old mechanic who worked for an “unknown airline”.
He is believed to have been suicidal when he stole the plane capable of carrying 76 passengers.
The employee appeared to be in distress as he spoke to air traffic control while flying the stolen plane, according to a tower broadcast of the conversation.
“I’ve got a lot of people that care about me. It’s going to disappoint them to hear that I did this,” the employee said to controllers.
“I would like to apologize to each and every one of them,” the man added.
“Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess. Never really knew it until now.”
Air traffic controllers attempted to talk the man into landing at McChord field – but he refused.
The man also said he had no flying experience – but had “played some video games before”.
He also moans about pay to the airport staff on the radio, saying “Minimum wage, we’ll chalk it up to that. Maybe that will grease the gears a bit with the higher-ups”.
Police described him as a “suicidal male” and confirmed he is local.
Two F-15s were scrambled from Oregon to give chase to the plane.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport confirmed an airline employee stole the plane.
Alaska Airlines said that it was aware of an unauthorized take-off of the airplane operated by a sister carrier Horizon Air.
No passengers were onboard and normal operations have resumed at the airfield, the airport said on Twitter.
And there was no indication that the incident was an act of terror, Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor told KIRO7 news station in Seattle.