Off-duty Alaska Airlines pilot Joseph Emerson charged for trying to disable jet’s engines during a flight, avoids attempted murder charge


An off duty Alaska Airlines pilot accused of trying to disable a jet’s engines during an October flight was charged by a grand jury with one count of endangering an aircraft and 83 other counts of recklessly endangering another person, a district attorney said on Tuesday.

Joseph Emerson
Joseph Emerson, 44, is accused of trying to disable the engines of a Horizon Air jet. via REUTERS

The Multnomah County grand jury decided on Monday that Joseph Emerson did not attempt to injure anyone, and therefore declined to charge him with the 83 counts of attempted murder originally sought by the state, the pilot’s lawyer said in a statement.

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