Delta Pilot Indicted for Pulling Gun On Captain Over Flight Diversion

by Anthony Losanno
Man with Gun

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A Delta Air Lines pilot allegedly threatened to repeatedly shoot the captain while inflight if the plane made an emergency diversion to aid a passenger needing medical attention. The pilot legally was able to carry the firearm into the cockpit, but the incident that unfolded is extremely troubling.

Newsday is reporting that Jonathan J. Dunn was indicted by a Utah grand jury for the incident that occurred on August 22, 2022. According to federal records, he is charged with interference with a flight crew. If found guilty, Dunn faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

According to an email sent yesterday from the inspector general of the Department of Transportation (DOT), Dunn was the first officer on the flight and he was authorized to carry the gun under a post-9/11 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) program. The inspector general’s email states:

After a disagreement about a potential flight diversion due to a passenger medical event, Dunn told the Captain they would be shot multiple times if the Captain diverted the flight.”

This is not the only incident involving pilots making dangerous decision lately. Last week, Joseph David Emerson tried to pull the emergency extinguishers that would shutdown the aircraft’s engines while inflight on Alaska Airlines AS2059. He has been charged with 83 counts of attempted murder (one for every passenger and crewmember onboard). He was apparently suffering from depression and had ingested psychedelic mushrooms 48 hours before the flight. He entered a not guilty plea in Portland state court and is awaiting trial (more here).

Anthony’s Take: Details are scarce and there is likely a lot more to this story. What we do know seems reckless and dangerous. I’ll be anxiously awaiting more details around this story.

(H/T: Paddle Your Own Kanoo.)

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