Clayton Osbon – A JetBlue flight to Las Vegas was diverted to Amarillo, Texas after the pilot, identified as Clayton Frederick Osbon of Richmond Hill, New York, had a nervous breakdown.
On Tuesday, a Las Vegas-bound flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport at 10:11 a.m., due to an unstable flight captain, who stated to passengers “say your prayers.”
A statement from Jet Blue read: “A medical situation developed involving the flight captain, prompting the co-pilot to make an unscheduled landing in Amarillo.” They added, “Another pilot traveling off duty then entered the flight deck prior to landing at Amarillo and took over the duties of the “ill crew member.”
“We all knew in the front rows if he got back in the cockpit, we were going down,” said Gabriel Schonzeit, who witnessed the drama from a third-row seat aboard Jet Blue Flight 191, which made an emergency landing at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport at 10:11 a.m..
Luckily, over half-dozen passengers, many whom were heading to a Las Vegas security convention, were able to subdue Osbon.
“The captain had exited the cockpit during the flight, after which the co-pilot locked the door,” agency spokeswoman Brie N. Sachse said. “When the captain attempted to enter the locked cockpit, he was subdued by passengers.”
“It seems to be more of a medical issue than a security issue at this point,” stated Transportation Security Administration spokesman Luis Casanova.
JetBlue will be reimbursing the passengers on this flight, and in addition, they will be receiving a credit for twice the value of their tickets.