Seattle-Tacoma plane thief 'had full airport credentials'
A man [who stole an empty passenger plane from Seattle airport and then crashed it] was an airline worker with full credentials, authorities say.
All the candidates had excellent academic credentials.所有候选人都具有优秀的学历。
The 29-year-old had worked forHorizon Air for more than three years, towing and tidying aircraft and loading bags.
该男子名为Richard Russell，29岁，地平线航空公司(Horizon Air)的机械师，负责牵引、清理飞机，装载行李等工作。
tow: to pull a vehicle or ship along behind another vehicle, using a rope or chain 牵引，拖，拉〔车或船〕
The man, named by US media asRichard Russell, took off late on Friday, forcing the airport to close while two fighter jets gave chase.
After making "incredible manoeuvres", he crashed the plane and was killed.
另一个意思是指“熟练[谨慎]的动作，移动，操控”a skilful or careful movement that you make, for example in order to avoid something or go through a narrow space
A careful driver will often stop talking before carrying out a complex manoeuvre.谨慎的司机在进行复杂的操作之前往往会停止说话。
The flight lasted 90 minutes and the crash site is on Ketron Island, a sparsely populated area in Puget Sound.
"At this time, we believe he was the only one in the aircraft but of course, we haven't confirmed that at the crash site," said Jay Tabb, chief of the FBI's Seattle division.
A former airline colleague of Russell described him as a "quiet guy".
"He was well liked by the other workers," Rick Christenson told The Seattle Times. "I feel really bad for Richard and for his family. I hope they can make it through this."
Transcripts of his conversation with air traffic control reveal a man who appears surprised about his feat, who is unclear as to the full operations of the plane, who has no intention to hurt anyone and who ultimately apologises to his loved ones, saying he is "just a broken guy".
What are the latest developments?
Airline and airport officials gave a press briefing on Saturday morning in Seattle.
Mike Ehl, director of aviation operations at the airport, said the man "had access legitimately" to the plane and that "no security violations were committed".
Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden said he had been "background checked".
"He worked his shift yesterday and we believe he was in uniform," he added.
Mr Tilden said planes do not have door or ignition keys, and that other airport security measures keep them safe.
Gary Beck, CEO of Horizon Air, said that "to our knowledge, he didn't have a pilot's licence" and that he had no idea how the man had gained the skills to fly such a "complex machine".
FBI spokeswoman Ayn S Dietrich-Williams said agents were working with the transportation safety board and other groups to process the scene of the crash on Ketron Island.
"We are going to be thorough, which means taking the time needed to scour the area, delve into the background of the individual believed responsible, and review every aspect of this incident," she told reporters.
scour: to search very carefully and thoroughly through an area, a document etc 〔彻底地〕搜寻，翻找，搜查
delve: to try to find more information about someone or something 探索，探究，查考
[+ into] research that delves deeply into this issue对这个问题的深入研究
What happened exactly?
The 76-seat, twin-engine turboprop Bombardier Q400, belonging to Horizon Air, took off from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at 19:32 local time (02:32 GMT).
turboprop: an aircraft that gets power from this type of engine 涡轮螺旋桨飞机
Officials say the man used a pushback tractor to first manoeuvre the plane 180 degrees from a maintenance location into the correct position for take-off.
Officials say they lost contact with the plane at 20:47 local time, more than an hour after it left the airport.
What did the pilot say to air traffic control?
When asked to land he says: "I don't know, man. I don't want to. I was kind of hoping that was going to be it, you know."
He also says: "I've got a lot of people that care about me. It's going to disappoint them to hear that I did this." "I would like to apologise to each and every one of them. Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess. Never really knew it, until now."