Man who took Horizon Air plane identified as Richard Russell
Jeremy Kaelin used to work with Richard Russell at Verizon Air in 2016, he tells CNNís Dan Simon. Kaelin says Russellís nickname was ìBeebo.î
ìAnytime we worked together we had just fun, happy funny, simple, short-minded conversations,î Kaelin said. ìI would say we always had a good time and I would talk to him sometimes in the break room if we happened to have the same break.î
ìHe was a nice guy, he was definitely one of the harder working people on the ramps, he was always trying to be faster but yet he still worked in a safe manner. He was always great to work with himówe got our flights out on time, if not early most of the time,î he said of Russell
Russell had a good sense of humor and when Kaelin heard his voice on the ATC audio after the crash he said it was sad. ìIt just hurts to hear someone you know and just hear the pain in their voice.î
Kaelin says it doesnít surprise him that Russell was able to fly the plane because of some of the requirements for his job.
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