Ex-Alaska Airlines pilot Joseph Emerson, who tried to switch the engines off in-flight, has had his attempted murder charges dropped.
However, he has been indicted for his 84 counts, consisting of one count of endangering an aircraft, and 83 counts of recklessly endangering another person.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
Ex-Alaska Airlines Pilot Has Attempted Murder Charges Dropped…
Horizon Air flight AS2059, which is a flight under the Alaska Airlines Group, was a routine flight between Paine Field and San Francisco, which departed at 1723 local time on October 22.
The flight was being operated by N660QX, one of the airline’s Embraer E175 aircraft in the fleet.
AS2059 departed Paine Field at 1723 local time and proceeded south towards San Francisco, where all of a sudden, it diverted, and didn’t broadcast an emergency squawk.
The aircraft landed not long after the decision to divert into Portland, but the reasoning for this diversion does host a bizarre chain of events within itself.
As per The Messenger, it is understood that an “authorised occupant” who was allowed in the cockpit tried to switch off the engines onboard the Embraer E175 aircraft.
Upon arrival into Portland, the aircraft was met by law enforcement and an investigation is underway regarding this incident.
In the article, they were able to note an important ATC transcript from the pilot, which said:
“We’ve got the guy that tried to shut the engines down out of the cockpit and he doesn’t sound like he’s causing any issue in the back right now, I think he’s subdued”.
All eyes will be on how the rest of the court case proceeds moving forward.
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