(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

 

BY NATHAN BYRNE


A pilot panics, gets locked out of the cockpit — passengers have to restrain him...

...and all the while — the co-pilot makes an emergency landing. This cell-phone video from YouTube shows the scene in the cabin. Reports from ABC, Al Jazeera and the BBC recap pilot Clayton Osbon’s alleged behavior.

“ … in the cockpit, but not flying, begins flipping switches, acting confused. Alarmed, his co-pilot tricks him — sending him to the passenger compartment, locking the cockpit and changing the door’s security code.”

“The captain of the plane bangs on the door of the cockpit demanding to be let in. The co-pilot diverted the flight as he refused to let the captain near the controls of the plane.”

“JetBlue 191 emergency and we’re going to need authorities and medical to meet us at the airplane.”

A reporter for euronews tells how passengers described the so-called “erratic behavior.”

REPORTER: “ … that included shouting about Iraq, Afghanistan and a bomb.”
PASSENGER: “The commotion erupted and we were running, you know, and the pilot ran down the aisle.”

Several of the plane’s passengers were headed to a security conference in Vegas. A former NYPD sergeant tells CBS his training kicked in.

“First, did not believe this was a pilot, but wearing a uniform that resembled a pilot’s uniform. I realized that this person was deranged, and I’m going to take swift action. Otherwise, it could be dire consequences.”

Despite outnumbering the pilot, even trained professionals had trouble getting him under control. One of the passengers talks to NBC.

“When the four of us grabbed him, and he’s a 6’3”, 6’4” 250-pound guy — so imagine that — and the guy is fully adrenaline running and, you know, it’s really hard to just take somebody down, so he resisted quite a bit.”

According to the New York Post, this is one of the latest in a series of in-flight outbursts by airline staff.

“In August 2010, JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater gained national attention when he grabbed some beers, deployed his JetBlue plane’s emergency chute on the JFK tarmac and slid right off his job after an argument with a testy passenger. … Two weeks ago, an American Airlines flight attendant had to be restrained after a ‘mental episode’ where she began ranting over the public-speaker system that the plane was going to crash.”

And more trouble in the air Wednesday. Fox News reports …

“A disgruntled passenger aboard a US Airways flight from North Carolina to Florida was arrested Wednesday after witnesses say she attacked crew members before being wrestled to the floor. … The woman aboard the US Airways flight from Charlotte to Fort Myers reportedly kicked, scratched and spit on crew members. The passenger was later arrested.”

According to CNN, the pilot is receiving medical care under FBI custody.

JetBlue Pilot's Outburst Leads to Emergency Landing

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Mar 28, 2012

JetBlue Pilot's Outburst Leads to Emergency Landing

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

 

BY NATHAN BYRNE


A pilot panics, gets locked out of the cockpit — passengers have to restrain him...

...and all the while — the co-pilot makes an emergency landing. This cell-phone video from YouTube shows the scene in the cabin. Reports from ABC, Al Jazeera and the BBC recap pilot Clayton Osbon’s alleged behavior.

“ … in the cockpit, but not flying, begins flipping switches, acting confused. Alarmed, his co-pilot tricks him — sending him to the passenger compartment, locking the cockpit and changing the door’s security code.”

“The captain of the plane bangs on the door of the cockpit demanding to be let in. The co-pilot diverted the flight as he refused to let the captain near the controls of the plane.”

“JetBlue 191 emergency and we’re going to need authorities and medical to meet us at the airplane.”

A reporter for euronews tells how passengers described the so-called “erratic behavior.”

REPORTER: “ … that included shouting about Iraq, Afghanistan and a bomb.”
PASSENGER: “The commotion erupted and we were running, you know, and the pilot ran down the aisle.”

Several of the plane’s passengers were headed to a security conference in Vegas. A former NYPD sergeant tells CBS his training kicked in.

“First, did not believe this was a pilot, but wearing a uniform that resembled a pilot’s uniform. I realized that this person was deranged, and I’m going to take swift action. Otherwise, it could be dire consequences.”

Despite outnumbering the pilot, even trained professionals had trouble getting him under control. One of the passengers talks to NBC.

“When the four of us grabbed him, and he’s a 6’3”, 6’4” 250-pound guy — so imagine that — and the guy is fully adrenaline running and, you know, it’s really hard to just take somebody down, so he resisted quite a bit.”

According to the New York Post, this is one of the latest in a series of in-flight outbursts by airline staff.

“In August 2010, JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater gained national attention when he grabbed some beers, deployed his JetBlue plane’s emergency chute on the JFK tarmac and slid right off his job after an argument with a testy passenger. … Two weeks ago, an American Airlines flight attendant had to be restrained after a ‘mental episode’ where she began ranting over the public-speaker system that the plane was going to crash.”

And more trouble in the air Wednesday. Fox News reports …

“A disgruntled passenger aboard a US Airways flight from North Carolina to Florida was arrested Wednesday after witnesses say she attacked crew members before being wrestled to the floor. … The woman aboard the US Airways flight from Charlotte to Fort Myers reportedly kicked, scratched and spit on crew members. The passenger was later arrested.”

According to CNN, the pilot is receiving medical care under FBI custody.

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