During a JetBlue flight from NYC to Las Vegas this morning, the captain of the plane had a mental breakdown, screamed about the al Queda and said ‘we’re all going down,’ as passengers tackled him to the ground
Passengers on a JetBlue flight from JFK International Airport in New York City headed to Las Vegas March 27 thought they might not make it to their final destination, when their captain — a veteran named Clayton Osbon — had a mental breakdown on the plane he was piloting.
When Osbon began to have his “medical situation,” his co-pilot locked him out of the cockpit and the captain was tackled by four passengers, who held him down until they landed.
“They’re going to take us down. They’re taking us down,” he screamed. “They’re going to take us down. Say the Lord’s prayer. Say the Lord’s prayer.”
Thankfully, the co-pilot skillfully diverted the plane to Amarillo, Texas, where everyone landed safely at 10 a.m. and the captain was taken to a medical facility.
When interviewed about the incident, Osbon’s wife defended him, saying, “There are several different sides to every story. Just keep that in mind.”
We’re so thankful the co-pilot and an off-duty pilot had the situation under control — and that the passengers were brave enough to tackle the sick captain until they had landed.
JetBlue released the following statement:
Update: 3:25 p.m. ET
A ferry flight is due to arrive to Amarillo at 3:11 p.m. local time to fly customers to their originally-scheduled destination in Las Vegas.
We would like to thank our crew on board for handling this situation per their training, and we would like to thank the customers on board for following crewmember instructions.
Flight 191 departed New York’s JFK airport at 7:28 am ET (was scheduled to depart 6:55 am ET). At roughly 10 am CT/11 am ET, the pilot in command elected to divert to Amarillo, TX for a medical situation involving the Captain. Another Captain, traveling off duty, entered the flight deck prior to landing at Amarillo, and took over the duties of the ill crewmember. The aircraft arrived Amarillo at 10:11 am CT, and the crewmember was removed from the aircraft and taken to a local medical facility.
Customers have safely deplaned and we’re sending a new aircraft and crew to Amarillo to continue the flight to Las Vegas.