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Day: <span>December 7, 2023</span>

Ex-Alaska Airlines pilot who tried to cut plane’s engines is released from jail; must avoid aircraft

An ex-Alaska Airlines pilot accused of trying to cut the engines of a passenger flight while off-duty and riding in an extra seat in the cockpit has been released from jail pending trial, after an Oregon judge approved it with conditions that include keeping away from aircraft. Joseph Emerson pleaded not guilty to reduced charges of reckless endangerment at his arraignment Thursday. He previously faced attempted murder charges. Emerson is accused of trying to cut the engines of a Horizon Air flight from Everett, Washington, to San Francisco in October while riding in the cockpit as an off-duty pilot.

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Off-duty pilot who tried to cut plane’s engines during flight can be released before trial

Joseph Emerson, 44, appears in a Multnomah County courtroom on Thursday, December 7, 2023.{ }The ex-Alaska Airlines pilot is accused of trying to cut the engines of a passenger flight while off-duty and riding in an extra seat in the cockpit. Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Ryan said Thursday Emerson can be released from jail pending trial. (Photo: KOMO News via Pool)

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