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An off-duty pilot, identified as Joseph David Emerson, aged 44, has been charged with 83 counts of attempted murder for allegedly trying to crash a passenger jet during a flight. The incident occurred on an Alaska Airlines flight from Everett, Washington, to San Francisco, California, with 80 passengers on board. The suspect was sitting in the cockpit jump seat behind the captain and the first officer.
Crew members reported the incident to air traffic control, and the flight was diverted to Portland, Oregon, where the suspect was subdued without further incident. The flight, operated by Horizon Air, eventually continued to San Francisco after the diversion.
Passengers on the flight were initially unaware of the situation, as they were informed of a medical emergency. The situation was handled professionally, and passengers remained calm throughout the event.
Alaska Airlines expressed gratitude for the crew’s professional handling of the situation and stated that all passengers were accommodated on a later flight.
The incident is under investigation by the Port of Portland Police Department and the FBI, although they assured there is no ongoing threat to the public related to this incident.
In addition to the attempted murder charges, Mr. Emerson faces 83 counts of reckless endangerment and one count of endangering an aircraft. He is currently held at the Multnomah County Detention Center while the investigation continues.
The Federal Aviation Administration clarified that the incident is not connected to current world events.