Unfortunate In-Flight Incident: Heated Argument Between Pilots Escalates!

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 11/01/2023
During a recent Delta flight, while passengers were occupied with their activities such as enjoying a cup of coffee or engrossed in their personal screens, an unfortunate incident unfolded in the cockpit. The pilots responsible for steering the aircraft found themselves engaged in a heated argument, which reportedly escalated to the point where one pilot allegedly made a threatening remark about shooting the other.

On October 18, Jonathan Dunn, a former co-pilot for Delta Airlines, was indicted by federal authorities. The charge against him is interference with a flight crew, stemming from an incident where he allegedly made threats to shoot his captain. It is reported that Dunn had a firearm in his possession at the time of the incident. According to the Transportation Department's inspector general's office, the captain of the flight on August 22, 2022, considered diverting the aircraft due to a passenger medical emergency. However, the office reported that the individual identified as Dunn allegedly threatened the captain, stating that they would be shot multiple times if the flight was diverted. This information was disclosed by CBS News.

According to Insider, Dunn had been granted authorization to carry a firearm in his capacity as a federal flight deck officer (FFDO). FFDOs are pilots who receive specialized training to protect the flight deck, and this program was established by the Transportation Security Administration in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. According to NBC News, the indictment states that Dunn allegedly assaulted and intimidated a crew member of an aircraft. This interference with the crew member's duties resulted in a diminished ability to perform those duties. Additionally, it is mentioned that Dunn used a dangerous weapon during the assault and intimidation.

The pilot from California has been indicted by a grand jury in Utah and is scheduled to appear for arraignment on November 16th. According to a representative from the US Attorney's Office for the District of Utah, there is currently limited information available to disclose regarding the case. This cautious approach is necessary to ensure that the integrity of the case is not compromised.

The airline was not identified by the inspector general's office. In August 2022, a representative from Delta Air Lines confirmed that Dunn was employed by the airline as a first officer. According to the representative, he is no longer employed. Additionally, he was expelled from the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program. According to the Associated Press (AP), if he is found guilty, he could potentially be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison.


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