The pilot tried to turn off the engines of the plane with more than 80 passengers and was arrested – International

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After landing, 44-year-old Joseph David Emerson, who was off duty, was arrested by Portland airport police, NBC News reported. (photo: Pixabay/Reproduction)

An Alaska Airlines pilot was arrested this Sunday (22) on charges of attempted murder of more than 80 passengers and crew members after allegedly trying to shut down the plane’s engines mid-air. He was off duty and traveling on the plane as a passenger.

Flight QXE2059 departed Everett, Washington, for San Francisco at 5:23 p.m. Sunday (local time), Alaska Airlines said in a statement.

It was operated by Horizon Air, a subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, but had to be rerouted due to a safety concern related to the man taking up extra space in the cabin, according to NBC News.

“The recliner passenger unsuccessfully attempted to stop the engines. Horizon’s captain and first officer responded quickly, engine power was not lost, and the crew secured the aircraft without incident,” Alaska Airlines said in a statement. Press release sent.

The flight, which took off around 5:30 p.m. (local time) Sunday, had to be diverted and landed safely about an hour later at the Portland airport, according to FlightAware.

The pilot of the company, who was retired from service, was found guilty of the incident. An auxiliary seat in the cockpit, usually used by off-duty pilots returning from trips or heading to airports to begin a flight.

The audio recording, which contains fragments of the plane’s communication with air traffic control, shows an attempt to shut down the plane’s engines, a twin-engine Embraer 175:

“Attention. We have a guy trying to kill the engines from inside the cabin. It doesn’t look like he’s having back problems right now. I think he’s been subdued. Also, we want law enforcement as soon as we land and park “, – says the fragment of the conversation of the pilot of the plane with the control tower.

After landing, 44-year-old Joseph David Emerson, who was off duty, was arrested by Portland airport police, NBC News reported.

He was charged with 83 counts of attempted murder, 83 counts of unlawful and reckless conduct and one count of endangering an aircraft, according to Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office documents.

The FBI said it was investigating the case and said there were no injuries. The agency said it “can assure US air travelers that there is no threat related to this incident.” Meanwhile, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) said it was “maintaining contact with Alaska and Horizon” and “supporting the law enforcement investigation.”

The FAA issued a warning to airlines after the Horizon Air incident, saying “a passenger who was authorized to use a reclining seat in the flight deck attempted to shut down the aircraft’s engines while at cruising altitude by deploying the flight deck fire suppression system.” motor”.

The crew was eventually able to “subdue the object,” remove it from the flight deck, divert the aircraft and land safely, the alert said. In a second message, the FAA clarified that the safety event was unrelated to current world events.

All passengers were able to take a later flight to their original destination: the city of San Francisco.

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