Airline employee steals plane from Seattle airport, crashes and dies

(CNN) – An airline employee stole a passenger plane Friday from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and flew it for an hour with military jets chasing him, pulling off aerobatic stunts before crashing in a wooded island 25 miles away, authorities said.

The 29-year-old Horizon Air ground service agent — the only person aboard — died, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said, without further identifying him.

The incident, which the FBI’s Seattle office did not consider terrorism, raises questions about airport security.

Investigators headed Saturday to the crash site to recover the plane’s data recorders and the man’s remains as part of a criminal probe, authorities said.