Reporting from Houston — A JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas landed unexpectedly in Amarillo, Texas, Tuesday morning after the co-pilot took over for the captain, who suffered a sudden "medical situation," a airline spokeswoman told The Times.
"The pilot in command elected to divert to Amarillo, TX for a medical situation involving the Captain," the airline said in a statement. "Another Captain, traveling off duty, entered the flight deck prior to landing at Amarillo, and took over the duties of the ill crew member once on the ground."
A federal official told CBS that sometime after the flight departed at 7:28 a.m. EDT, the pilot became incoherent, prompting the co-pilot to ask him to leave the cockpit. Expelled from the cockpit, the captain started pounding on the door and had to be subdued by the off-duty pilot and a police officer, the federal official told CBS. JetBlue spokeswoman Allison Steinberg told The Times she could not confirm those reports.
After the flight arrived in Amarillo at 10:11 a.m. CDT, the ill captain was taken to a medical facility, the airline said. Citing employee privacy concerns, Steinberg declined to release information on his condition or identity or say how long he had been flying with the airline.