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.     He was born in Florida and lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of his 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 .  He lived in the state of Alaska for much of his life as a young child and as a teenager.  
During high school, Beebo committed to Valley City State College , where he played football.  A few years later he moved to the state of Oregon , attending Southwestern Oregon Community College .  During this time, he met his future wife, Hannah. 
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.  Russell then applied for and was hired by Horizon Air , where he had several roles, including as a luggage handler .  
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On the evening of August 10, 2018, Beebo hijacked an empty 76-seat turboprop Q400 after taking the aircraft from the maintenance area.  Russell engaged in a widely-distributed far-ranging exchange with air traffic control, who tried to convince him to return and land the aircraft. 
After about an hour of taking the aircraft for a joyride, Russell decided to take his life.   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.   His death has been ruled a suicide .