Multnomah County
District Attorney

1200 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 5200
Portland, OR 97204
503-988-3162

Multnomah County District Attorney

 
1200 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 5200
| Portland, OR 97204
| 503-988-3162
 

Grand Jury Indicts Joseph Emerson on 84 Counts for Conduct on Horizon Air Flight 2059 on October 22, 2023

December 5, 2023

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a grand jury indicted Joseph David Emerson, 44, on 84 charges related to the October 22nd incident aboard Horizon Air Flight 2059, which landed at Portland International Airport on an emergency diversion.

The grand jury returned a true bill alleging:

  • One count of Endangering Aircraft in the First Degree
  • 83 counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person

Mr. Emerson is currently lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center. He is currently scheduled to be arraigned on December 7 at 9:30 a.m.

A charging instrument is only an accusation of a crime. Mr. Emerson is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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