December 11, 2023

By DAVID KOENIG | AP Airways Author

A pilot has been indicted for allegedly threatening to shoot the aircraft’s captain if the captain diverted the flight due to a passenger who wanted medical consideration.

A grand jury in Utah issued the indictment in opposition to Jonathan J. Dunn on Oct. 18 over an incident that occurred in August 2022, charging him with interference with a flight crew, based on federal court docket information.

The Transportation Division’s inspector normal’s workplace stated in an e mail despatched Tuesday that Dunn was the primary officer, or co-pilot, on the flight and was licensed to hold a gun beneath a program run by the Transportation Safety Administration.

“After a disagreement a couple of potential flight diversion as a consequence of a passenger medical occasion, Dunn informed the Captain they’d be shot a number of occasions if the Captain diverted the flight,” the inspector normal’s workplace stated.

The inspector normal described Dunn as a California pilot. It didn’t establish the airline on which the incident occurred, saying solely that it was a industrial airline flight. The workplace didn’t give the flight’s meant route, or whether or not it was diverted.

The inspector normal stated it was working with the FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration on the investigation.