Suicidal Airline Service Agent Steals Plane, Pulls Stunts, Commits Suicide…

The story of an obviously unstable ground service agent at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is terribly sad. According to most accounts 29-year-old Richard Russell stole a turboprop jet for just under an hour before eventually crashing and killing himself 30 miles away. There were no other passengers on board.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this young man; and also especially with the air traffic controller who remained calm and tried his earnest best to save the life of Mr. Russell. A person can well imagine the sadness felt by that Air Traffic Controller.

God our strength and our redeemer: you do not leave us in this life nor abandon us in death. Hear our prayer for those in despair, when days are full of darkness and the future empty of hope. Renew in them your sustaining strength for we believe that there is nothing in all creation that can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Amen.

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288 Responses to Suicidal Airline Service Agent Steals Plane, Pulls Stunts, Commits Suicide…

  1. G-man says:

    I’d be suicidal too if I lived in Seattle

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  2. Cindy says:

    Amen. So sad, painful.and tragid. May the good Lord comfort his loved ones! I have 2 friends whose sons committed suicide in mid twenties. Good rock solid families too. Lord, mercy please.

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  3. Deusvult says:

    Go away. Q is a LARP and you lack intelligence to notice that.
    Running around jumping in joy whenever you see a Q lol how sense.

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    • Kris says:

      Go away??? You must be a libtard, that’s exactly how they act when they are faced with the truth and have no other answer!!! If you’re so sure, why is MSM and deep state so concerned about what has been said. There are numerous posts on Twitter and Facebook proving that it is not a “larp”. Maybe you should take the time and research them on such pages as @PrayingMedic, @CitizensInvestigativeReport and Reclaim America on Facebook before you make that claim!! In the meantime, Enjoy the show!!

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    • cali says:

      @Deusvult: There are much better ways to express disagreement rather than insulting sometimes who has a different opinion.

      On the other hand you may want to take a step back and research the issues addressed for yourself rather than just deciding based on headlines in 50+ mockingbird media all reporting the same subject using identical phrases, words and sentences all claiming Q is a cult.

      First they ignore you!
      Then they laugh about you!
      Then they attack you!
      Then you win!

      We are at the juncture of number 3 = Then they attack you ergo 50+ left written articles by rhinos, NeverTrumpers appearing in one day. Coincidence?

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      • CountryclassVulgarian says:

        50+ articles deriding Q? Is that the same as claiming Alex Jones is is a crazy kook but nonetheless we must silence him? I’ll be honest, I have not/do not follow the Q phenomena but one thing I certainly know and follow is that the very fake news drive by media, the Trump hating NeverTrumpers and the rest of the cabal ALWAYS attack that which they fear most.

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    • Daniel says:

      Do tell! Tell us precisely what evidence you have of your claim about Q? There is ample evidence that the president knows Q and evidence that Q is very close to the president. I would be happy to illustrate all proofs of Q. So tell us why you think it’s all fake?

      I have to point out that Trump has been on board with “conspiracy theory” for decades and since Trump’s campaign and his ultimate victory, he has actually helped bring the truth of many conspiracies out into the open. His declassification of the entire Kennedy assassination report (with redactions we will eventually find are covering George HW Bush because he’s still alive) which shows specific government involvement in making that assassination happen. People should have been far more shocked than they were if they truly believed in the lone gunman narrative but almost NONE were shocked. Why is that?

      So once again, tell us what you know which makes you believe Q isn’t close to the president and doesn’t know what he purports to know?

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  4. youme says:

    He wanted a few moments of beauty & to do something amazing before he ended his life. My head condemns, my heart breaks, my soul understands.

    Richard Russell’s blog

    https://richardrussellsite.wordpress.com/about/

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    • maggie0987 says:

      When you click on the blog link it shows that he has been married only a year.
      This is a very sad story – what the heck has been going on in his life recently?

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      • Diddian says:

        maggie0987 – According to the blog post (and other reports), he was married in 2011.

        I wonder with you about what might have been going on in his life recently, while retaining anger that he made choices in that state that were so incredibly irrational, selfish, and costly to others. And, I’m very grateful to the air traffic controller as well as the F-15 pilots for their public service in ensuring that Russell’s final acts didn’t cause further destruction.

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      • LULU says:

        maggie, I just read a news report that included some bio information. He met his wife in school in Coos Bay, Oregon. They married a year later and opened a bakery. She was the baker; he was her apprentice…

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    • Mark Mears says:

      Thank you, youme. My head condemns, my heart breaks and my soul understands. In Richard’s blog he said he wanted to join the armed forces and I believe with gonads like that and the skill to do maneuvers like that with 35 seat airliner, he would have been a great pilot. I’ve done some stupid stuff in my life, reflected on those times and become a better person for it. Glass half full type here and will eat crow and apologise when I’m wrong and look for the good to come of it. Just feel bad, he would have been a great pilot.

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  5. JAS says:

    Very sad indeed. I found this video he did a while back (12/2017) titled “Video Story Final”:

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  6. Deb says:

    You are on the wrong site. The host of this site starts every open thread with the Lord’s Prayer. There are plenty of other sites to post on if you don’t like it.

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    • Deb says:

      There is nothing unthinking about our worship.

      The analytical skills you admire so much in Sundance are not uncommon among people of faith. My analytical skills are used everyday in my faith, there is no greater use for them. Read Augustine or Aquinas.

      You should respect Sundance enough to keep your views about his faith to yourself. Let the faithful on this site have some comraderie and pray together without adding rude comments. This is called a refuge for a reason, if we want to hear Christian bashing we can turn on the tv.

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      • CountryclassVulgarian says:

        Amen! Very well said.

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      • Cuppa Covfefe says:

        Yep. It’s called discernment, and is a valuable attribute for anyone, but especially Christians.

        Another couple of good theologians are John Macarthur (www.gty.org) and J. Vernon McGee (www.ttb.org). Straightforward, and one can dig deeper as one progresses.

        Dismissing Christianity out of hand is a rather shallow defense of whatever position one is attempting to defend or promote… unless it’s from under the bridge (or maybe on the bridge, i.e. CO$)…

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  7. 4EDouglas says:

    If he wanted to enjoy the beauty of flight-go to say Arlington and rent a plane and instructor like a Decathlon or a Pitts S-2 and enjoy a couple of hours of aerobatics. Not destroy other people’s property and mulit-million dollar equipment.His soul was wounded, somehow.
    Every one of us has at some time or another experienced that “Dark night of the soul,”
    and either got help or come out of it alive and better. Even if it is clinging to the hem of Jesus’ robe.
    There is nothing so helpless as being able to watch and do nothing…
    I’ve been there.

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  8. margaretwalker says:

    Truth is the essence of worship. “Seek and you will find, Knock and it will be answered.”

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    • margaretwalker says:

      Sorry, the exact words are even better, “Ask and it will be given to you,seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you,” Again, there is not a higher truth than what we receive from God , this in answer to yausxx and his flip “truth is higher than any religion, you are so wrong.

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    • Deb says:

      Groan somewhere else. Sundance is a Christian, show some respect and tolerance for your host.

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  9. 7delta says:

    You have every right to not be religious, but the quest, often called religion, is one of man’s earliest and most innate searches for the truth. It’s a not an opiate for the masses or a lower intellect looking to explain the un-explainable, pre-science. It’s man’s search for meaning, for something bigger than himself and a Higher Power’s response. Yes, man can misuse religion for personal or political gain, but that’s not a search for God nor is it religious. It’s a quest for personal and political gain, disguised as religion.

    Truth is higher than any man. Faith/belief is the sincere quest, the lifelong journey to connect with and to serve something higher than himself that, in turn, serves the higher principles that serves man’s higher good.

    Prayer works. Science recognizes it, even if researchers conclude they don’t know if it’s proof of God or proof that when people of like mind pray for a specific target, there is real measurable, statistical evidence of results. So whether you or we call it God or the collective unconscious, focused thought for the good of others works. It costs us nothing to care and the chances of our good will reaching our subject are statistically pretty darn good.

    BTW, I keep up with lots of things and can do so impartially, until I see its value or it plays out. I read Q. From what has been written under the Q name, I’d say he/they disagree you about the power of prayer. Maybe you can ask him/them why prayer is important to them.

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    • LULU says:

      You’re not selling. Maybe it’s the supercilious egotism in your putdown of “serfs” and your reliance on being a “grownup” while you perceive so many others to not be. Most of the meanness you display would have been learned on an elementary school playground. Those who really went on and grew up left it behind.

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      • Deb says:

        Yeah, you weren’t trying to convince people to throw off the “shackles of religion” by calling them “serfs.”

        You are selling one of the oldest heresies there is, the worship of oneself. Narcissism. The problem is that humans will always end up disappointing you in the end, even yourself.

        No amount of self affirmation, confidence and arrogance can fill the hole in your heart. Nothing truly satisfies but the creator, the one who created the longing for the divine in the first place.

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    • Mark Mears says:

      7delta, thank you for the message. I agree. When you are the all knowing, all seeing, all everything in the room then you are GOD. Until then you are NOT GOD and not the smartest thing in the room. My point, something, some entity is in charge of all and all that happens. Religion is the path to search for that entity, whatever that religion may be. I was baptized Lutheran and believe in GOD, JESUS and THE HOLY SPIRIT! Why because JESUS said to live in Peace and imho that’s the only way mankind can survive, otherwise we kill each other. I’m ignorant of the details of other religions but I am sure that other religions seek to live in Peace also. I’m also sure that some religions can and are hijacked for nefarious purposes. Catholics and Protestants in Ireland only 30 years or so ago, modern day. Both Christian killing each other. The Muslim religions
      of today, Sunni /Shia killing each other. To live in Peace in search of a higher power, GOD, whomever/whatever that may be to you, that’s what I believe.

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    • 7delta says:

      I’ve roamed about “religious” and New Age fields. Everything you just cited, about energy and vibration, is demonstrated in the Bible, encompassed by the Gospel and seen manifest in Christ. How? His whole life. He told His disciples that everything He did, they could also do and more, then taught them to do it. Healing, changing water into wine, feeding the masses, etc….all part of an unwavering belief in the authority and power to command the physical transform something or someone. What is that “energy?”

      The earth has a natural vibration. Everything does. What’s its source? Everything must originate somewhere, including power and authority. Authority is the right to do something. Power is energy required to do it, to act. Where does this innate power originate? Solely from within ourselves? How did it get in us to start with? 

      Whether we believe the source comes from tar pits or a Creator, belief in God does not diminish or limit a person’s understanding or ability to do good, even miraculous things. When a willing servant enters into a relationship with a master that’s mutually beneficial, more so, for the student/servant, authority and power is established and recognized. Even when service isn’t flashy, like helping a stranger, or treating others with kindness and respect, returned or not, it’s a higher choice of action. Its vibrations are usually felt by the parties involved, but it also resonates in nature.

      Belief isn’t standing still, though lots of people do. It’s the daily work of understanding and living within the flow of a big circle, with parallels and unique differences. Every thought, word and action we put out enters this ethereal loop, then returns to us, though we may not recognize it when it does. It’s Natural Law, the law of Creation. No matter how we may believe about how creation came about, it is what it is. It’s also learning to overcome our own roadblocks, with the guidance and help of a Higher Power. It’s never a “lower” road to ask for help, but not asking will certainly stick us in a lower gear. Some days, we’re all in low gear. No matter our awareness of the power of free will, wisdom isn’t a natural byproduct. Wisdom is the hardest, most humbling and least understood of all our higher lessons.

      Jesus used his “energy” to serve and help others. It exhausted Him at times. Like you said, it’s not easy. He also recognized His power and authority came from the Father. He met “lower” and rejected it. His Source certainly didn’t limit His abilities. He and many other have been miraculously successful working in tandem with One Higher Source and its innate love for all of us. 

      Servant, slave and follower are used in the Gospel to describe a follower of Jesus, but the terms are just as accurately defined as willing chosen/student/worker. We have free will to choose. Jesus is the Master teacher and God, with all power and authority over heaven and earth. His faithful are His family, His brothers and sisters, who are seated next to Him, at the right hand of the Father, as heirs, equal in value, rights and power before the Father, in whom all authority originates. No serfs there, only family. Praise, prayer and worship are our expressions of love, gratitude and communication.

      When we choose to serve, as Jesus did, we seek to increase knowledge and faith (our daily bread) from the Master (root word means “keeper, or key holder, of the bread.”) We know we will always have more to learn and do, but when we serve God, we serve our fellow men and the earth. Good vibes go out.

      We do know for certain is that if great evil exists and it’s kinda hard to deny, at the moment, then a greater good must also exist. Darkness and Light must have counter-balances or neither can be definable or understandable. All power has a source. I choose the Light and its Source.

      Okay, that’s why I chose my path. Not a sermon. An explanation in regards to your posts. I respect your choice. It’s your right.

      But if all you know is what you want to know then fine – grownup stuff is I guess for grownups or those who choose to be.

      I still respect your right to choose, but this sentence, combined with some from other posts, is like a GPS dot on a big map that shows me your location on the road you’re traveling…in low gear. Wisdom is indeed difficult to grasp, much less master. Though we disagree, I send my prayers and unconditional love to you, knowing that whether you notice or not, you were touched by good vibrations today. Be well and a lifelong happy student.

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  10. scooby184 says:

    As others have said, there is much, MUCH more to this story.
    Scratch the surface and the first thing that jumps out is the fact that the plane was a Q 400.
    There are no coincidences.
    It is up to you to decide how much you are willing to seek out the truth. But I will warn you, once you take the blinders off and see things for what they are, everything will come into focus and not all is ‘pretty’. Check out reddit/greatawakening.
    As Q has said EVERYTHING has meaning.
    God speed, Patriots.

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    • Keebler ac says:

      The guy was targeted much like many targeted individuals who do not have the stamina to fight the electonic torture and the perps are sending a message. Once you are aware of how DEW and mind control works, you can identify their m.o. The “demons” hired by deep state against a belief in God seek to destroy those in his kingdom. Against the vicious DEW, many succumb, stop their faith and give up life. Many also have not committed suicide but are terminated to make it appear like suicide.

      God will respond to DEW but we need awareness in mass numbers and those aware to pray unceasingly to crush and destroy the DEW machinery and thus the deep state. It can be done. Please spread the word for people to pray. God waits for us to send the solicitation and thus redeem out faith in him against the horrors of mankind.

      Thank you for listening. For those targeted, please do not give up! We are here for you and we will grow in numbers and strength! Please share!

      Especially President Trump needs to be made aware by us voters, we must not assume he knows.

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  11. margaretwalker says:

    Sorry, the exact words are even better, “Ask and it will be given to you,seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you,” Again, there is not a higher truth than what we receive from God , this in answer to yausxx and his flip “truth is higher than any religion, you are so wrong.

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  12. 4EDouglas says:

    The official website of Bomardier and the “Q” series..
    http://commercialaircraft.bombardier.com/en/fleet-solutions/q-series
    Good aircraft
    Conair has a nifty Airtanker conversion that would work in the US…
    http://conair.ca/conair_fleet/q400-airtanker

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  13. Daniel says:

    I too am atheist — I cannot bring myself to believe in things without proper evidence. But let me tell you something about what we absolutely do not know and understand:

    1. Our DNA is impossible. If we were the evolutionary product of apes (not denying the connection) alone, then the first defective DNA like ours would have been the one and only human. Keep in mind the reason we cannot mate with apes is the fused chromosomes which reduces the chromosome pairs we have in comparison to that of apes. If you have even a basic understanding of how this works, then you know ANY such deviation in chromosome count will result in the inability to reproduce. Think about Down’s syndrome as an example of this. We were MADE “of the earth” though perhaps not out of clay or soil as some may believe.

    2. We have witnessed the average IQ of all humans change over the last few thousand years. Many things contribute to this — among them are cleaner water and food along with the knowledge of microbes and similar infections. But what are the driving forces of “selection” which favor more intelligent people? It is MORALITY which drives this improvement among lower IQ people because lower IQ people do not inherently value or understand higher intellect in and of itself. But if you create a faith and laws within that faith which command things like what foods to eat and not eat, how to prepare them and so on? Well, you have a manual and guide for the improvement of humanity driven by belief rather than knowledge to improve the human race. Funny how that works. But who among THOSE humans would have that knowledge and understanding? NONE. Think about the flow of knowledge and wisdom and how to teach those who are incapable of understanding if only because their brains are not yet developed enough?

    Christianity and Judaism are the means by which primitive people become more advanced. Of that there can be no doubt in my mind. Even the East Asians only advanced to a certain point without western influence and technology. And 100% of western advancements came through a culture which embraced Christianity and its teachings.

    And back to “selection” which is at the core of what drives our advancements biologically. Our values determine who is selected by women to mate with. Women drive this factor entirely. And what men are most often chosen and selected? “Successful men” of course. How do you define success? Lots of ways, culturally. And those cultures which value virtue the most do the best. And those cultures which value brutality and violence do the worst. The patterns are clear and obvious for all to see when looking at it from that angle.

    We can’t all be of the highest intellectual level. The bell curve shows this to us. But we can ALL have higher standards of morality. And that vehicle for moral teaching most often and most effectively comes from belief in a higher power.

    You may not be a believer and you do not have to be. But what you MUST respect and understand is the connection between the belief in God and all of the teachings within are entirely responsible for our advancement as a people and as a culture. You should encourage it wherever you see it even if you do not believe it yourself.

    Why? Because we also see the more people turn away from it, the more we see college idiots believing in very stupid things and becoming Antifa and other such things. We’re also seeing a decline in Western culture and with it, all of the gains western culture (AKA Christian culture) bring. This nation is becoming far less civilized because of it.

    Some people can be civilized without belief in God. But I hold that MOST cannot.

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    • margaretwalker says:

      Obviously those burning heretics alive were not following the teachings of Jesus, whatever religion they claimed to follow. They were playing politics, just like the Deep State power players and politicians do today, calling themselves “public servants.”

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  14. WesternWhere says:

    Thoughts and prayers are empathy and sympathy.

    Do you think empathy and sympathy are pointless?

    Larp off Q tard.

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  15. what it your point? i’m not religious, but there is no such thing as “pointless worship.” clearly the person offering thoughts and prayers believe there is a point. why mock or condescend to others that have different beliefs than yourself? that, my friend, is truly pointless. god bless.

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  16. Michael says:

    Dr Jordan Peterson writes (my take) of how terrible life can be so is it surprising people want to believe in something wonderful? I was as a youth hard core atheist. Over the years I have come to the opinion there is no answer comprehensible to us. Now I see a lot of great advice in the Bible and though I still cannot make that leap of faith I am hopeful.

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  17. dusty says:

    whose “truth”? But since religion is pointless, a dialogue with you would be pointless. “Truth”fully it is, since “religion” is a word so vague as to be meaningless. For example, you have a faith in “truth”. But how often does “truth” change as science advances? You just accept your “truth” based upon faith, that “truth” is TRUTH. You know; like the sun & stars revolve around the earth? That the world is sitting on the back of a giant turtle? Like that planets are “wandering stars”. Remember the world before plate tectonics? There’s your “truth”. Keep the faith, baby.

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    • GlobalNomad says:

      Truth is absolute and does not change. The perception of truth, however, can be relative and can change as the perception changes.

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  18. trumpismine says:

    Thank you Sundance. Your beautiful prayer reminds me why I have made the Last Refuge my go to site for inspiration and peace. God Bless you.

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  19. CountryClassVulgarian says:

    Did a portion of this thread disappear?????

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  20. Native Virginian says:

    Did you know, the pilot’s name is the same as a submarine, the USS Richard B. Russell? Did you know that it was decommissioned by Bill Clinton in 1994, and sent to Whidbey to “scrap”? Did you know the Russell could launch Tomahawk missiles? Did you know a missile was launched from the vicinity of Whidbey when Trump traveled to North Korea? Did you listen to the guy on the ATC traffic? Sounded forced and phony to me. Waiting to hear more “real news” from the MSM. Shoutout to compatriot Scooby184 above.

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  21. Anon says:

    He seems like a guy I would like to be friends with. This was very sad to read about. God help all such people.

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  22. sushilove51 says:

    Lord can save us all. he looked so familiar so sad that he did this. God help us all.

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