On Friday evening, things took a tragic turn at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. On August 10, an airport employee stole an unoccupied passenger plane.
The 29-year-old ground service agent stole a 76-seat Horizon Air turboprop plane around 8:00 p.m. PST. The employee drove the plane around for an hour with military jets chasing him down the entire time.
Eventually, the employee crashed the plane into a wooded area around 40 miles away from the airport. According to CNN, the employee died in the crash.
The local sheriff department said that the man had been "suicidal," but gave no other information about that. During the chase, he was heard talking about being a "broken guy" with a "few screws loose."
He said, “I’ve got a lot of people that care about me, and it’s going to disappoint them to hear that I did this. I would like to apologize to each and every one of them. Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess. Never really knew it until now.”
When asked if a pilot needed to get on the phone to help the employee guide the plane, his response was, “Nah, I mean, I don’t need that much help. I’ve played some video games before.”
Sadly, that experience apparently wasn't enough, and he passed away when he crashed the plane.
After he learned of the sad news, Franklin Graham asked for prayers for the man and his family. He also offered a message of forgiveness.
"Let’s pray for this man’s family and loved ones who I’m sure are shocked and grieving."
He continued, "We are all broken people, broken by sin. But Jesus Christ can heal even the most broken. There’s no sin He cannot forgive and no problem in life that is beyond His reach if we will turn to Him for help in repentance and faith."
Please join Franklin Graham in praying for this man. It's a tragic way to go, and we are sure his family is mourning his sudden loss.