Doctor: Lack of Sleep Prompted Pilot's Breakdown

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
FILE - In this April 2, 2012, file photo, JetBlue pilot Clayton Frederick Osbon, right, is escorted to a waiting vehicle by FBI agents as he is released from The Pavilion at Northwest Texas Hospital, in Amarillo, Texas. On Tuesday, July 3, a federal judge in Texas found Osbon, a JetBlue Airways pilot who left the cockpit during a flight and screamed about terrorists, not guilty by reason of insanity. (AP Photo/Amarillo Globe-News, Michael Schumacher)

FILE - In this April 2, 2012, file photo, JetBlue pilot Clayton Frederick Osbon, right, is escorted to a waiting vehicle by FBI agents as he is released from The Pavilion at Northwest Texas Hospital, in Amarillo, Texas. On Tuesday, July 3, a federal judge in Texas found Osbon, a JetBlue Airways pilot who left the cockpit during a flight and screamed about terrorists, not guilty by reason of insanity. (AP Photo/Amarillo Globe-News, Michael Schumacher)

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A psychologist says a JetBlue Airways pilot who screamed about religion and terrorists during a flight had "a brief psychotic disorder" due to lack of sleep.

The psychologist testified during Clayton Osbon's trial in Texas. A court transcript of the testimony was obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

The judge presiding over the brief trial July 3 ruled that Osbon was not guilty by reason of insanity for his behavior on a March 27 flight from New York to Las Vegas. He was charged with interference with a flight crew.

Passengers said they wrestled Osbon to the floor after he ran through the plane's cabin yelling about Jesus and al-Qaida. The plane was diverted to Texas.

Osbon is now at a mental health facility for further examination.


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