OFF-DUTY PILOT WHO TRIED TO CRASH PLANE MAY HAVE BEEN TRIPPING ON MAGIC MUSHROOMS
So you probably heard about the pilot, Joseph Emerson, who was off duty and flying in the jump seat in the cockpit who tried to shut down the plane’s engines, mid-flight. If you didn’t hear, the jump seat is where airline staff get a free seat to wherever they need to go. But yes, he really did try to shut down the engines, putting pretty much everyone onboard at risk of dying. And no, this isn’t getting any more understandable as the days pass since it happened. But we just might know what might have been the cause, as authorities now say that Joseph Emerson could possibly maybe have been tripping on magic mushrooms.
EMERSON SAID HE THOUGHT HE WAS HAVING A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, AKA MAYBE A BAD TRIP
Magic mushrooms, or Shrooms, are what some people take illicitly for its psychedelic effects. Tripping means he was hallucinating (possibly) to some degree, depending on how strong the shrooms he may have ingested. Emerson made a court appearance yesterday when he explained that he thought he was suffering a nervous breakdown and thought he was dreaming. He says he warned other people on the flight that he thought something was wrong. That may explain why he pulled the “T-Handles,” which are the red fire handles that get pulled to stop all fuel from reaching the engines to put out potential engine fires.
IN A FEW YEARS, EMERSON COULD POSSIBLY NEED MAGIC MUSHROOMS TO TREAT DEPRESSION FROM THIS NEAR TRAGEDY
And yes, if the rest of the cabin crew hadn’t stopped him, it would have been catastrophic if he had pulled them for all the engines on the plane, high up in the air. Fortunately, they were able to stop him and push him out of the cockpit into the passenger cabin. Evidently, flight attendants then saw him “peacefully walking to the back of the aircraft.” But then the maybe magic mushroom terrorist told one attendant “You need to cuff me right now, or it’s going to be bad.” Then he tried to grab the handle of an emergency exit but was also stopped.
Scary stuff, indeed. But here’s the rub: magic mushrooms may have caused this mess for Emerson. But it’s entirely possible in the years to come that he could be prescribed a magic mushroom treatment for his inevitable depression. Now that’s what I call a bad trip.