Pilot Arrested After Trying to Shut Down Plane’s Engines, Passengers Say He Had a Mental Breakdown

An Alaska Airlines pilot has been charged with 83 counts of attempted murder after he allegedly tried to shut down the engines of a plane while high on magic mushrooms.

The pilot, Joseph Emerson, was off-duty and sitting in the jump seat in the cockpit of a Horizon Air plane from Everett, Washington, to San Francisco on Sunday when he allegedly tried to shut off the engines’ fuel supply.

Emerson was arraigned in an Oregon court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is being held without bail.

According to a federal affidavit, Emerson said “I’m not okay” before reaching up to grab two red fire handles which would have cut the plane’s engines, and he later told federal officials: “Yah …I pulled both emergency shut off handles because I thought I was dreaming and I just wanna wake up.”

The affidavit also states Emerson reported becoming depressed around six months ago, and said it was his first time taking psychedelic mushrooms.

The plane made an emergency landing in Oregon where Emerson was arrested.

Alaska Airlines Pilot Charged with 83 Counts of Attempted Murder

An Alaska Airlines pilot has been charged with 83 counts of attempted murder after he allegedly tried to shut down the engines of a plane while high on magic mushrooms.

Pilot Accused of Pulling Fire Handles to Shut Down Engines

According to a federal affidavit, Emerson said “I’m not okay” before reaching up to grab two red fire handles which would have cut the plane’s engines, and he later told federal officials: “Yah …I pulled both emergency shut off handles because I thought I was dreaming and I just wanna wake up.”

Pilot Was High on Magic Mushrooms, Affidavit Says

The affidavit also states Emerson reported becoming depressed around six months ago, and said it was his first time taking psychedelic mushrooms.

Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Oregon

The plane made an emergency landing in Oregon where Emerson was arrested.

Pilot Pleads Not Guilty to Attempted Murder Charges

Emerson was arraigned in an Oregon court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is being held without bail.

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