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Richard Russell, or Beebo, was an American​ baggage handler​ in the airline industry​ who hijacked an aircraft and crashed on Ketron Island​, killing himself in the process. [1][2][3][4]​ He was born in Florida and lived in the Pacific Northwest​ for most of his life. [5]


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Stolen Plane Seattle Washington Horizon Air Q400.


Early Life

Affectionately known as Beebo, Russell was born in Key West, Florida​. By the time he was seven, he and his family moved to Wasilla, Alaska​. [6]​ He lived in the state of Alaska​ for much of his life as a young child and as a teenager. [7][8]


High School

During his teen years, Russell was a top school athlete who played on the American football​ squad through high school. [9]​ He is a graduate of Wasilla High School​. [10]

Photo of Richard "Rich" Russell. 


During high school, Beebo committed to Valley City State College​, where he played football. [11] A few years later he moved to the state of Oregon​, attending Southwestern Oregon Community College​. [12]​ During this time, he met his future wife, Hannah. [13]​ 


He and his future wife, Hannah, opened a bakery called Hannah Marie's Bakery. They managed the locale for about three years before choosing to move closer to their families. [14]​ Russell then applied for and was hired by Horizon Air​, where he had several roles, including as a luggage handler​. [15][16]

In The Media 


On the evening of August 10, 2018, Beebo hijacked an empty 76-seat turboprop Q400​ after taking the aircraft from the maintenance area. [17]​ Russell engaged in a widely-distributed far-ranging exchange with air traffic control, who tried to convince him to return and land the aircraft. [18]


After about an hour of taking the aircraft for a joyride, Russell decided to take his life. [19][20] He flew the aircraft away from any population, thirty miles south of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and crashed on Ketron Island​, sparking a small forest wildfire. [21][22]​ His death has been ruled a suicide​. [23]​​[24]​ 

Richard "Rich" Russell with his wife, Hannah.


Russell and Hannah were married a year after meeting at a Campus Crusade for Christ gathering at Southwestern Oregon Community College in North Bend, Oregon while attending college.[26]

Personal life

Russell lived with his wife in Sumner, Washington​.[25]​  He followed Republican pages on Facebook, such as Ben Shapiro​. [27]

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