Man who hijacked Sea-Tac plane once owned bakery in North Bend

Richard "Beebo" Russell and his wife owned a bakery in North Bend before moving to Seattle.

Posted: Aug. 13, 2018 7:44 PM
Updated: Aug. 13, 2018 7:51 PM

NORTH BEND, Ore. -- The man who stole a plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington before being killed in a fiery crash used to own a bakery in North Bend with his wife.

Richard Russell, 29, and his wife, Hannah, once owned Hannah Marie’s Artisan Breads and Pastries in the coastal Oregon city.

Most people KEZI spoke with in North Bend said they remember Hannah more than they remember Russell. They said Hannah mostly ran the bakery, occasionally with help from Russell.

But none of them ever thought there was anything off about him until they heard about what happened over the weekend.

Authorities said the ground service agent with Horizon Air stole the plane from Sea-Tac Friday evening before crashing it on a nearby island. He was killed in the crash.

The FBI and NTSB are investigating.

Russell's conversations with air traffic control during the flight have now been heard around the world.

"Just a broken guy whose got a few screws loose,” Russell said while piloting the stolen plane. “I guess I never really knew it until now."

One former bakery customer, Herb Yussim, said Richard also went by the name “Beebo.”

Yussim said when he heard that name on the news it was a shock to him.

“He seemed to be a normal guy,” Yussim said. “Then I saw it on the news. At first I thought, Beebo, I know that name, Beebo. But that couldn’t be him. Then I saw his picture again, and it was like, oh my, it was him! But I thought, he was never crazy.”

The World newspaper reports that Russell used to be a leader at Young Life youth ministries in Coos Bay.

According to a number of other reports, Russell moved from Alaska to Coos Bay to attend school, where he met his wife in 2010.

They got married in 2011 and ran that bakery until 2015 when they moved to Seattle for Russell to take his job with Horizon Air.

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