Former Delta pilot accused of threats makes initial court appearance

January 5, 2024

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A co-pilot accused of threatening to shoot his captain for suggesting they divert their flight to get medical attention for a passenger has appeared in federal court for the first time since his indictment.

Former Delta Air Lines pilot Jonathan Dunn of Rapid City was indicted Oct. 18. Dunn was charged with interfering with a flight crew and could face up to 20 years in prison.

The captain had suggested diverting to Colorado if a passenger’s condition worsened.

Prosecutors say Dunn objected and threatened multiple times to shoot the captain.

His attorney said the altercation was a misunderstanding.

Delta says Dunn no longer works for the airline.