August 8, 2012 |
A JetBlue Airways pilot who sprinted through a plane cabin screaming about religion and terrorism had a psychotic episode in custody and would require further evaluation, according to court documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times. On a March 27 flight from New York to Las Vegas, Clayton Osbon began ranting about religion , then ran through the cabin screaming about Al Qaeda and Jesus, according to an affidavit from FBI Special Agent John Whitworth. Passengers had to help restrain Osbon, and the flight was diverted to Amarillo, Texas.
March 28, 2012 |
Federal authorities on Wednesday charged a Jet Blue pilot whose midair meltdown on a New York-to-Las Vegas flight forced his co-pilot to lock him out of the cockpit and make an emergency landing while passengers restrained the distraught captain. The pilot, Clayton Osbon, was charged with interfering with a flight crew by the U.S. attorney in Amarillo, Texas, where the plane made its emergency landing, the Associated Press and Amarillo.com reported. A Jet Blue spokeswoman, Sharon Jones, told The Times that Osbon, who lives in Georgia but is based in New York City, had been taken off duty pending an investigation into Tuesday's incident on Flight 191. The airline refused to comment on whether Osbon would continue to receive his salary during the suspension, but Jones said that "he is still employed with Jet Blue.
July 3, 2012 |
HOUSTON -- A JetBlue Airways pilot who roamed the cabin raving about terrorists before being subdued by passengers was found not guilty by reason of insanity Tuesday, according to a court filing obtained by The Times. U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson issued the ruling during a bench trial in Amarillo, noting that Clayton Osbon suffered from a "severe mental disease or defect," according to the Associated Press. Osbon's attorney, Dean Roper, declined to comment to the Associated Press. After a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation, Osbon had been found competent to stand trial.
June 13, 2012 |
HOUSTON -- Ten passengers filed a lawsuit in New York on Wednesday against JetBlue Airways in connection with the incident in which a pilot had to be restrained after running through the cabin yelling during a New York-to-Las Vegas flight in March. The lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court in Queens, claims the airline was "grossly negligent" in allowing Capt. Clayton Osbon to fly, the Associated Press reported after obtaining a copy of the lawsuit. Court clerks could not immediately locate or release the lawsuit Wednesday.
May 18, 2012 |
The latest in a string of bizarre events involving air travel -- and in some cases, flight crews -- comes in the form of a loaded gun. At the center of this incident, which involved a .357 Magnum, was a pilot for Piedmont Airlines. The pilot was detained and charged Friday for allegedly trying to board a flight in Buffalo for New York City with a loaded revolver in his bag, the Associated Press reported . Brett Dieter, 52, of Virginia was charged with the possession of a concealed firearm when a Transportation Security Administration agent noticed a .357 Magnum loaded with five rounds of ammunition in his bag at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, according to the Buffalo News . A spokesman for US Airways, which contracts with Piedmont for its US Airways Express fleet, told the Los Angeles Times that the company would conduct an internal investigation and referred all other questions to Buffalo law enforcement.
April 3, 2012 |
A JetBlue Airways pilot has made his first court appearance for the midair meltdown on a New York-to-Las Vegas flight that forced his co-pilot to make an emergency landing. Prosecutors urged him to be held behind bars, even as his family said he never meant to hurt anyone. The pilot, Clayton Osbon, appeared in an Amarillo, Texas, courtroom Monday with his hands cuffed behind his back, looking drawn but smiling at his wife, Connye Osbon, who was in court with JetBlue representatives.