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An airline employee stole an empty passenger plane at SeaTac International Airport Friday night, briefly grounding commercial air travel and sending fighter jets scrambling, before crashing into an island on the Puget Sound, officials said.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet that the dramatic incident was not being investigated as an act of terrorism and authorities were treating it as the work of a man on a suicide mission.

“This is a single suicide male. We know who he is. No others involved,” the tweet said.

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