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JetBlue Passengers React To Pilot's Mid-Air Meltdown

Wed, March 28, 2012 10:29am EDT by 1 Comment
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We can’t even imagine how terrifying it must have been to be on JetBlue Flight A320 on March 27. Passengers say that it was the most frightening experience of their lives.

On a JetBlue flight from New York City to Las Vegas a pilot, Clayton Osbon, had a mental breakdown and threatened to take the plane down until he was subdued and tied up by passengers.

“It was so scary. People . . . were freaking out a little bit,” passenger Tiffany Lee told the New York Post. “The girl next to me was saying, ‘Oh, my God, what if I never talk to my fiancé again?'”

A sight that understandably caused such thoughts.

“The captain came barreling down the aisle screaming incoherently and threw himself at the cockpit door,” Laurie Dhue told the NY Post. “‘You gotta let me in!’ he screamed, ‘Look in the camera, you can see that it’s me!’ ”

Fortunately, the co-pilot diverted the plane to Amarillo, Texas, after Clayton’s breakdown where everyone landed safely.

We’re so happy to hear everyone is OK, but we couldn’t imagine how scary it must have been yesterday on JetBlue flight A320.

JetBlue released the following statement:

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.