JetBlue Airways Flight 191
An Airbus A320-200, the type of aircraft involved in the incident.
|Date||March 27, 2012|
|Summary||Diversion due to in-flight crew incident|
|Site||Near Amarillo, Texas
|Aircraft type||Airbus A320-232|
|Aircraft name||100% Blue|
|Flight origin||John F. Kennedy Airport|
|Destination||McCarran International Airport|
Pilot incident in 2012
On March 27, 2012, Captain Clayton Osbon was locked out of the cockpit by First Officer Jason Dowd and was subdued by passengers after he started acting erratically and apparently suffered from a panic attack. The aircraft was then diverted to Amarillo, Texas. Osbon received medical treatment by Northwest Texas Healthcare System.
The first officer grew concerned when Osbon made comments such as "We need to take a leap of faith", "We're not going to Vegas", and "I can't be held responsible when this plane crashes." Osbon began giving what the first officer described as a sermon. Later, in the cabin, Osbon railed at passengers about Jesus, al-Qaida and a possible bomb on board. Osbon began screaming, Say your prayers! Alarmed passengers tackled him and tied him up with seat belt extenders until the plane landed about 20 minutes later.
The 49-year-old Osbon was suspended from work after being with JetBlue for 12 years. He attended Carnegie Mellon University and graduated in 1987 from Nathaniel Hawthorne College, an aeronautics and aviation college located in New Hampshire founded in 1962, but closed in 1988.
On Tuesday, July 3, 2012, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity of the charge of interference with the flight crew by an Amarillo, Texas-based federal judge, Judge Mary Lou Robinson. Mr. Osbon was then ordered to be held pending a further investigation; he was then immediately transferred to a mental health facility in Fort Worth for additional treatment.
After Captain Osbon was evaluated in a federal mental health facility in North Carolina, on November 9, 2012, Judge Robinson freed him under the provisions that he continue mental health treatment, follow a prescribed medication regimen, and meet a variety of other conditions. Osbon must continue to be monitored by his probation officer for an undetermined amount of time. “This is a bad situation for you and your family, but you are very fortunate to have the type of immediate support you have,” Robinson said. “Good Luck, Mr. Osbon.”
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