JetBlue Pilot Charged With Interfering With Crew

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Emergency workers tend to a JetBlue captain that had a

Emergency workers tend to a JetBlue captain that had a "medical situation" during a Las Vegas-bound flight from JFK International airport, Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in Amarillo, Texas. Passengers said the pilot screamed that Iraq or Afghanistan had planted a bomb on the flight, was locked out of the cockpit, and then tackled and restrained by passengers. The pilot who subsequently took command of the aircraft elected to land in Amarillo at about 10 a.m., JetBlue Airways said in a statement. (AP Photo/Steve Douglas)

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - Federal authorities have charged a JetBlue Airways captain who sprinted down the cabin of a flight screaming about a bomb with interfering with a flight crew.

An affidavit unsealed Wednesday states that captain Clayton Osbon told his co-pilots that "things don't matter" during a Las Vegas-bound flight Tuesday. Court documents say Osbon told the plane's first officer that "we're not going to Vegas" and began giving a sermon.

Passengers wrestled Osbon to the ground after he left the cockpit and sprinted down the cabin screaming and urging everyone to pray. The plane made an emergency landing in Amarillo, Texas. No one on board was hurt.

The 49-year-old veteran pilot was being held Wednesday at a medical facility in Texas.


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