Richard Russell, an airline ground agent, stole an empty commercial airplane last month, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport, and crashed into a small island in the Puget Sound. (Richard Russell/YouTube via AP, file)

Richard Russell, an airline ground agent, stole an empty commercial airplane last month, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport, and crashed into a small island in the Puget Sound. (Richard Russell/YouTube via AP, file)

Plane thief raised suspicions a year before Sea-Tac heist

A pilot says he saw Richard Russell “pointing and flipping switches” inside an empty SkyWest jet.

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