CCTV shows baggage handler stealing plane before killing himself by crashing it

New CCTV footage has captured the moment a baggage handler stole a plane before deliberately crashing it on a remote island.

The new video from the 2018 incident, which has been released by the Port of Seattle, shows previously unreleased footage from both the tarmac and within the terminal.

Airport worker Richard Russell can be seen passing through security, dressed in a black t-shirt with ‘The Sky’s No Limit’ printed on the back.

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Five hours later, the 29-year-old he was picked up in the cargo area, using a vehicle to push the Alaska Airlines plane out onto the tarmac.

Spotting the aircraft, air traffic control attempted to make contact but to no avail.

According to the Daily Mail, Russell can then be seen opening the cabin door to the Q400 Turboprop and jumping into the cockpit and taking off.

He told the control tower: “Seattle ground Horizon guy. About to take off. It's gonna be crazy.

“Hey, I found myself in a predicament. I'm in the air right now. And just gonna soar around,”.

While air traffic control begged him to make a safe landing, it was met with jokes from Russell.

At one point, he even asked air traffic controllers: “Hey do you think if I land this successfully Alaska will give me a job as a pilot?”

While still in the air, Russell is heard telling traffic controllers he is "just a broken guy" before telling them he is preparing for "jail time for life".

Two F-15 fighter jets scrambled from Portland just minutes after the plane took off to intercept it.

They were unsuccessful, and one hour and 13 minutes after taking off, Russell then intentionally crashed the plane on an island about 30 miles away, killing himself.

At the time, Sheriff Paul Pastor described the incident as "a joyride gone terribly wrong'" He said the man "did something foolish and may well have paid with his life".

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The FBI ruled his death as suicide and say that the incident was not part of any wider criminal activity or terrorism and that Russell acted alone.

On the day of the crash, witness Royal King told The Seattle Times he was photographing a wedding when he saw the low-flying turboprop being chased by to F-15s. He said he didn't see the crash but saw smoke.

"It was unfathomable, it was something out of a movie," he told the newspaper. "The smoke lingered. You could still hear the F-15s, which were flying low."

The airport was shut down for about an hour and a half and flights were suspended as officials dealt with the hijacked plane. Planes already on the runway were ordered to stay in position.

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