The American pilot who tried to shut down the engines of an airplane mid-flight while I was a passenger this week I took a magic mushroom and thought he was having a nervous breakdown, court documents showed Tuesday.
The pilots who operate the aircraft Joseph Emerson was taken from the cabin of command on Sunday after him He tugged at the handles that drained the engines of fuel.the airplane was turned into a glider.
Emerson, who told the police that I haven’t slept in 40 hours.also Ttried to open an emergency door behind the plane and the crew had to restrain him during a forced landing.
“I pulled the handles of the emergency lock because I thought I was dreaming and wanted to wake up.”Emerson told police, according to the criminal complaint.
Emerson and the officer in charge of the investigation”They talk about using psychedelic mushrooms and Emerson says this is his first time taking them”.
The 44-year-old man was arrested Sunday night after boarding an Alaska Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Portland, Oregon.
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Emerson boarded a flight (operated by Horizon Air) between Everett, Washington state, and San Francisco, California. He sat on a seat in the cabinas established by the airline for its staff outside of service hours.
Alaskan Airline flight 2059 was flying from San Francisco to Portland when an off-duty pilot stormed the cockpit and attempted to shut off its engines!
The cockpit crew restrained him and emergency landed the plane.
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Shortly after the flight, after talking to the pilots “Emerson tried to grab and pull the two red handles that would have activated the fire suppression system. of the plane by depriving its engines of fuel,” the Justice Department said.
“After a brief physical fight with the pilots, “Emerson left the cabin.”.
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Alaska Airlines said Monday that The pilots reacted quickly by turning the handlesand that the plane landed safely.
“The crew bound Emerson’s wrists and he was seated in the back of the plane”said the Department of Justice.
“Getting off the plane, Emerson tried to grab the handle of the emergency door. “A flight attendant restrained him by holding his hands.”
According to the Oregon District Attorney’s Office, Emerson faces federal charges for interfering with the crew and flight attendants.
He was also charged in Oregon 83 counts of attempted murder, 83 counts of reckless endangerment and one count of endangering an aircraft.