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Joseph Emerson has been charged with 83 counts of attempted murder, after the off-duty pilot allegedly attempted to down an aircraft.
Emerson, who reportedly works for Alaska Airlines, was arrested in Oregon after trying to disable a passenger plane’s engines while the plane was in mid-air. The airline confirmed that Emerson posed a “credible security threat related to an authorized occupant in the flight deck jump seat.”
A video obtained by TMZ is supposedly taped from inside the aircraft at the time of the incident, but has yet to be authenticated.
“We didn’t know anything was happening until the flight attendant got on the loudspeaker and made an announcement that there was an emergency situation and the plane needed to land immediately,” Audrey Gavello, a passenger on the flight told ABC News. “About 15 minutes later, she got back on and said that there was a medical emergency.
“After we did land and the gentleman was escorted off, the flight attendant got back on the speaker and said, plain and simple, ‘He had a mental breakdown. We needed to get him off the plane immediately.'”