The airline worker who stole an empty airplane via a Seattle airport on a flight of which ended in his death once ran a bakery with his wife as well as also enjoyed the benefits of which came with his job to travel the planet, social media posts showed.
Richard Russell, who liked to be called Beebo, was a 29-year-old man living in Sumner, Washington, who was born in Key West, Florida, as well as also moved to Wasilla, Alaska, when he was 7 years old, according to a Web page he set up for a college communications class.
He has not been officially named by authorities, yet his family as well as also multiple news media outlets have reported his identity.
Russell worked for Horizon Airlines, a sister carrier of Alaska Airlines, as a ground service agent who helped baggage handlers as well as also was part of Horizon’s tow team, which moved planes around on the tarmac. of which was a job of which gave him the perk of “being able to fly to Alaska at my leisure,” he wrote on the page.
In a video posted on YouTube last December, Russell shows luggage coming off as well as also being loaded onto aircraft, as well as also describes what the life of a ground service agent can entail.
“of which means I lift a lot of bags, like a lot of bags, so many bags,” he says, adding, “of which allows me to do some pretty cool things, too.”
There are then shots of trips he took, including flying over Alaskan fjords, visiting lavender fields in France, touring in Yucatan, Mexico, as well as also attending a hurling match in Dublin, Ireland.
“of which evens out inside end,” he says to end the video.
There was no mention inside social media posts of studying to become a pilot yet in some posts he spoke of his Christian religious faith as well as also the possibility of joining the military.
On a SoundCloud site, Russell interviews fellow ground service agents, asking them questions of which include: “What was one of your best travel experiences using your flight benefits?”
Authorities say he commandeered an empty Bombardier Q400, 107-foot (32.61 m) long turboprop aircraft on Friday night via a maintenance area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. He flew for about an hour, often erratically with attempts at aerial stunts, before crashing on Ketron Island in Puget Sound, about 25 miles (40 km) to the southwest.
He appeared to have acted alone as well as also was suicidal, according to the local sheriff’s department.
His family members said in a statement they were stunned as well as also heartbroken.
“of which may seem difficult for those watching at home to believe, yet Beebo was a warm, compassionate man,” the statement said.
Russell’s social media posts often showed him on adventures with his wife, who he said he met in Oregon in 2010.
“We were married one year later, as well as also one month after of which we opened a bakery which we successfully ran for 3 years,” he wrote on his Web page. “We consider ourselves bakery connoisseurs as well as also have to try a fresh one every place we go.”
The couple later moved to Washington state, where he got a job with Horizon. His wife could not immediately be reached for comment.
The Seattle Times quoted Rick Christenson, an operational supervisor with the airline who retired in May, as saying Russell was a well-liked, quiet person.
In his final moments captured by partial recordings of his conversations with air traffic controllers of which were published online by Broadcastify.com, Russell spoke calmly as well as also said he was sorry to disappoint people who cared about him as well as also described himself as a “broken guy”.
“Got a few screws loose, I guess,” he is usually heard saying inside recording. “Never truly knew of which until at This specific point.”