A JetBlue Airways pilot who left the cockpit in the middle of a flight and sprinted down the aisle screaming about terrorists and Jesus is mentally fit to stand trial, a U.S. District judge ruled Friday.
Clayton F. Osbon, 49, had recently undergone a court-ordered psychiatric exam; court documents indicate his lawyer had planned an insanity defense to defend his client against federal charges of interfering with a flight crew.
Three hours into a March 27 flight from New York to Las Vegas, Osbon began muttering incoherently in the cockpit about religion, according to a court affidavit. He asked the first officer to take the controls, then began turning off the radios, dimming the plane’s monitors and telling air traffic controllers to be quiet.
The first officer grew more concerned when Osbon said, "Things just don't matter" and "we're not going to Vegas," according to the affidavit.