NEW YORK (AP) — JetBlue Airways is suspending the captain whose erratic behavior caused an emergency landing of an early morning flight from New York bound for Las Vegas.
Clayton Osbon has been a pilot at JetBlue since 2000, the airline's first year of flying. The company said a "medical situation" occurred onboard the plane on Tuesday but wouldn't elaborate.
Passengers said the pilot was yelling and acting unruly in the cabin after he was locked out of the cockpit of the plane. A group of passengers tackled the captain and restrained him until the plane made an emergency landing in Amarillo, Texas.
JetBlue spokeswoman Allison Steinberg said Wednesday that Osbon was taken off active duty pending review of the incident.
Passengers recount scare after pilot's outburst
By BETSY BLANEY and OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Passengers aboard and early morning flight bound from New York to Las Vegas first noticed something wrong when the plane's top pilot came out of the cockpit unannounced.
They say he didn't close the door and tried to force his way into an occupied bathroom.
The JetBlue captain's co-workers tried to calm him as he became more agitated. They coaxed him to the back of the plane while making sure — above all — that he didn't get back near the plane's controls.
The tense situation climaxed when the pilot sprinted up the cabin's aisle screaming, "They're going to take us down!" and urging confused passengers to pray.
Airline officials say the captain had a "medical situation." He was restrained until the plane landed safely in Amarillo, Texas.