It happened while the Alaska Airlines flight was flying from Everett to San Francisco. The man, who attempted to turn off the engines, was blocked by the crew
A Off-duty pilot attempted to crash an Alaska Airlines flight from Everett to San Francisco. The man, Joseph David Emerson, was sitting on a jump seat in the cockpit when he attempted to turn off the engines, but was blocked by the crew, who handcuffed him and then managed to land the plane in Portland. Emerson, traveling to San Francisco, where he was supposed to be part of the crew of a 737, was charged with 83 charges.
According to the airline, the off-duty pilot was sitting in the cockpit and “unsuccessfully attempted to stop the engines from operating.” The captain and first officer “responded quickly”: engine power was not lost and the crew secured the aircraft without incident. There were 80 passengers and four crew members on board. The Federal Aviation Administration said the crash was “not related in any way to current world events.” The FBI is investigating the case.