We are Sure Bet News BTC famous casinos not on gamstop reviews
News from around the world

Alaska Airlines Flight Diverted, Off-Duty Pilot Joseph Emerson Arrested For Trying To Cut Engines Midflight, Authorities Confirm

alaska-airlines

Officials and a source who verified information to CBS News’ Kris Van Cleave said that an off-duty pilot in the cockpit attempted in vain to turn off the aircraft’s engines midflight on Sunday, resulting in an emergency diversion to Portland, Oregon.

Following the plane’s safe landing at Portland’s airport, authorities charged Joseph Emerson, the suspect, with attempted murder, and brought him into custody.

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office online jail records show that Emerson, 44, is being charged with several offenses, including eighty-three counts of attempted murder.

The pilot was heard on an air traffic control recording during the incident saying, “We’ve got the guy that tried to shut the engines down out of the cockpit.”

Emerson was taken into custody on state charges. Jail records show that he weighs 210 pounds and is 6 feet, 1 inch tall. The FBI declared that it was looking into the issue as well.

“There is no continuing threat related to this incident,” the FBI’s field office in Portland said in the statement.

American Airlines received instructions from the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday stating that the incident was “not connected in any way shape or form to current world events.” Investigators have not found a connection to terrorism, a law enforcement official told CBS News.

Former FBI executive associate director for intelligence Joshua Skule told CBS News that investigators would examine potential causes of the incident.

“They are going to unpack this person’s life,” Skule said. “… They are going to go through his social media, all of his computers, his phones.”

According to a statement from Alaska Airlines, the incident occurred on board Alaska Airlines Flight 2059, which was flown by Horizon Air. Emerson was one of four crew members and eighty passengers on a flight from Everett, Washington, to San Francisco.

The airline said that while traveling in the jump seat in the cockpit, an off-duty Alaskan pilot—later identified by officials as Emerson—tried in vain to “disrupt the operation of the engines.” Thirty minutes into the journey, the plane was flying at roughly 31,000 feet when there is said to have been an attempt to turn off the engines.

According to Alaska Airlines, Emerson attempted to turn the engine fire handle, which starts the aircraft engines’ fire suppression system, CBS News said. A wing valve closes and cuts off gasoline to the engine if the handle is pulled.

Robert Sumwalt, a retired airline pilot and former chair of the NTSB, told CBS News that all a person seated in a cockpit jumpseat would need to do is reach up and grab anything in order to turn off the engines.

Just before 6:30 p.m. PDT, the Horizon captain and first officer brought the aircraft to a stop and made a safe landing in Portland, where Emerson was taken into custody without any problems, according to the airport.

Emerson was handcuffed at the back of the aircraft after being taken out of the cockpit and kept there the whole flight.

The FBI stated that no injuries were reported.

Pete Buttigieg, the secretary of transportation, thanked the flight crew and air traffic controllers on social media for getting the jet to Portland safely. According to him, the FAA’s main concern will be “any safety considerations for the future that emerge from investigations.”

The Air Line Pilots Association praised the pilots and flight crew in a statement, referring to their job as “one of the most highly vetted and scrutinized careers.” According to the association, pilots in North America undergo “continuous evaluation throughout their careers” which includes medical examinations, FAA random flight checks, and other programs.

Emerson was taken into custody on Monday at 4:11 a.m. PDT, according to a Multnomah County Circuit Court representative who talked with CBS News. He may appear in court as early as Tuesday.

The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement that all of the passengers were rescreened by TSA agents in Portland before boarding a different aircraft headed for San Francisco.

According to an Alaska Airlines representative, Emerson was initially employed by Horizon Air in 2001 as a first officer. After departing in 2012, he became a pilot for Virgin America. When Alaska Airlines acquired Virgin America in 2016, he was appointed as a first officer. In 2019, he was appointed captain of Alaska Airlines.

Related posts

Colombia Federation President And Son Arrested At Copa América Final

Soyiga

Shannen Doherty Recorded Five Episodes Of ‘Charmed’ Reboot Podcast Prior To Her Passing

Soyiga

Harry Kane ‘Devastated’ As Team Returns From Euro 2024 Defeat

Soyiga

Cole Palmer Shares His View On Gareth Southgate After Not Starting In Loss To Spain

Soyiga

Jude Bellingham Photographed With Spain Star Who Teased Bukayo Saka For ‘Crying’

Soyiga

Former Formula One Driver Ralf Schumacher Reveals He Is Gay

Soyiga

Leave a Comment