Off-Duty Pilot Charged With 83 Counts of Attempted Murder After Plane Cockpit Incident

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An off-duty pilot was arrested following an emergency incident onboard a Washington plane.

After the Alaska Airlines employee allegedly attempted to shut off the plane's engines midflight on Oct. 22, the San Francisco-bound airplane made an "emergency diversion" to Portland, Ore., according to a statement from the airline.

Once the plane landed, Joseph David Emerson was arrested and charged with 83 counts of attempted murder, 83 counts of reckless endangerment and a count of endangering an aircraft, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office booking records. 

E! News can confirm Emerson is scheduled for arraignment on Oct. 24 in Multnomah County Justice Center. E! News was not able to …