A BORED baggage handler nicknamed Beebo hijacked a passenger plane after simply jumping into the cockpit and flicking a switch.
The shocking revelation exposes glaring security flaws and comes as experts fear Richard Russell learned his flying skills on an over-the-counter flight simulator.
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Aviation attorney Mark Dombroff told Fox News on Saturday that it was amazing Russell had managed to stay in the air for so long.
“The fact that he was aloft for almost 90 minutes without the airplane crashing, the fact that he was able to take off the airplane in the first instance, would suggest that he had a lot of familiarity with the aircraft controls and capabilities,” Dombroff said.
“He may well have had a lot of experience flying a computer-based flight simulator, one you can buy in a computer store.”
Retired operational supervisor for Horizon Air Rick Christenson added: “He did some aerobatics in the airplane that I was shocked to see.
“And for him to do that I would think that he either played in a simulator or what. It looked pretty amazing to me. Maybe it was luck, I don’t know.”
Harrowing audio revealed the pilot joking with the controllers who begged him to land the 76-seater plane before it nosedived and burst into a fireball 25 miles from takeoff.
He also told them he was a “broken man” and apologised to the air traffic controller, saying: “I hope this doesn’t ruin your day.”
At one point, he said: “Hey do you think if I land this successfully Alaska will give me a job as a pilot?”
Astonishing video showed the plane doing large loops and other dangerous manoeuvres.
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