NEARBY: Report of a stolen plane brings response to Bellingham Airport

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Law enforcement and aid units responded to a report of a potential airplane emergency at Bellingham Airport this evening about 9pm.

According to emergency radio dispatches, there had been a report of a plane stolen from SeaTac Airport by someone not considered to be a proficient pilot. It was expected the pilot would try to land at Bellingham.

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First responders and airport tower personnel said they were working with limited information as they prepared for the plane’s arrival.

By 9:20pm, local authorities said the matter had been resolved and the plane was no longer expected to arrive in Bellingham.

This appeared to be related to a security incident at SeaTac as reported by the FAA that caused a temporary stop to SeaTac ground operations including flights in and out.

Seattle news outlets report a Horizon plane was piloted by an unauthorized person. Fighter planes were seen attempting to escorts the plane which was reported to have crashed in southern Puget Sound.

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