Criminal Law

Off-Duty Alaska Airlines Pilot Pleads Not Guilty in Attempted Jet Sabotage

An off-duty pilot who admitted to taking psychedelic mushrooms two days before he was accused of trying to shut down the engines of an Alaska Airlines jet in mid-flight from a cockpit jumpseat pleaded not guilty Thursday to 84 charges stemming from the attempted sabotage.

Joseph David Emerson was arraigned in Multnomah County Court in Portland, Oregon, on 83 counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count of endangering aircraft in the first degree — charges connected to the Oct. 22 emergency that unfolded aboard Flight 2059 from Everett, Washington, to San Francisco.

A not-guilty plea to all of the charges was entered on Emerson’s behalf by his attorney, Levi Horst.

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