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Alaska Airlines pilot indicted for trying to turn off engines mid-flight

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Alaska Airlines pilot indicted

An off-duty Alaska Airlines pilot accused of trying to turn off the engines during a flight in October was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury in Oregon on 84 charges.

Multnomah County, Ore., District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced Tuesday the grand jury chose to indict Joseph David Emerson, 44, on 83 counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count of endangering an aircraft in the first degree. Emerson is accused of trying to grab two handles that cut off fuel to its engines during an Oct. 22 Horizon flight.

The jury declined to indict Emerson on the 83 counts of attempted murder, which he was originally charged with when booked at the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office in October. He pleaded not guilty to the initial charges in October, according to ABC News.

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