December 10, 2023

By GENE JOHNSON | Related Press

SEATTLE  — Three passengers sued Alaska Airways on Thursday, saying they suffered emotional misery from an incident final month during which an off-duty pilot is accused of making an attempt to close down the engines of a aircraft whereas catching a journey within the cockpit from Washington state to San Francisco.

Within the grievance filed Thursday in King County Superior Courtroom in Washington state, San Francisco residents Matthew Doland and Theresa Stelter and Paul Stephen of Kenmore, Washington, alleged that the pilot ought to by no means have been allowed within the cockpit as a result of he was affected by melancholy and a scarcity of sleep.

Alaska Airways stated in an emailed assertion that it’s reviewing the grievance. “The pilots and flight attendants working Flight 2059 responded with out hesitation to make sure the protection of all onboard,” it added. “We’re extremely proud and grateful for his or her expert actions.”

Alaska pilot Joseph David Emerson, 44, was driving within the bounce seat — an additional seat within the cockpit — when he instantly stated “I’m not OK” and tried to tug two handles that might interact a fire-suppression system and reduce gasoline to the engines, authorities stated in charging paperwork.

Flight 2059, operated by Alaska affiliate Horizon Air, diverted safely to Portland, Oregon, after the pilots rapidly subdued Emerson and he was voluntarily handcuffed behind the aircraft, police stated.

The lawsuit stated the aircraft skilled “what felt like a nose-dive,” although some passengers quoted in information accounts haven’t described any such factor. Passenger Aubrey Gavello advised ABC Information: “We didn’t know something was taking place till the flight attendant acquired on the loudspeaker and made an announcement that there was an emergency scenario and the aircraft wanted to land instantly.”