Man who died in Seattle plane crash remembered in Coos Bay
COOS BAY, Ore. - People on the South Coast are in shock over the loss of Richard Russell, who stole a commercial plane off the tarmac at Sea-Tac airport on Friday night.
Russell performed dangerous loops in the plane, before crashing into an island in the Puget Sound.
"They were an adorable couple, you know, and they were really sweet to each other," said Tera Moore, ad the Wildflour Cafe. "And for appearances on the outside, everything was fine but you know, people on the outside really can't tell the struggles that they're going through on the inside."
Herb Yussim, at Oregon Bay Properties, was in denial at first, having to stare at the pictures of Russell on the TV screen a few times for it to register.
"I was like 'no, that couldn't be,'" said Yussim. "I was shocked because he didn't strike me as being somebody that was that troubled."
Russell attended Southwestern Oregon Community College from September of 2010 to June of 2011, and the college confirms that Russel received his Associates of Arts Oregon transfer degree.
The Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that the man who died in the accident was Russell.