Aug 12, 2018 07:35 Asia/Tehran

A Horizon Air Q400 commercial plane, flown without Seattle Airport traffic controller authorization, reportedly performed several aerobatic tricks and crashed after F-15 fighter jets were sent to intercept it, officials confirmed.

Iran Press/america: A  29-year-old mechanic stole the aircraft at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Friday night, the Pierce County sheriff confirmed  in a statement. “[The man was] doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills caused crash” on Ketron Island.

The plane was chased by two F-15 fighter jets that were scrambled by North American Aerospace Defense Command to deal with the incident. While the jets were in pursuit of the small plane, air traffic control helped the rogue plane stay clear of the Seattle cosmopolitan area.

The sheriff said that the 29-year-old perpetrator acted alone and “was confirmed a suicidal male.” He stressed that it wasn’t a terrorism-related incident.