JetBlue Pilot Who Disrupted Flight Declared Competent to Stand Trial


0  Updated at 10:05 am, June 15th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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Courtesy: Randall County Sheriff’s Office(DALLAS) — A Texas judge has cleared the way for a JetBlue Airways pilot to go to trial.

JetBlue flight 191 from New York was about half-way to Las Vegas on March 27 when, according to passengers, captain Clayton Osbon started screaming about al Qaeda and had to be restrained. The first officer radioed for help and turned toward Amarillo.

“JetBlue 191, emergency,” the voice from the cockpit radioed to air traffic controllers. “We’re going to need authorities and medical to meet us at the airplane.

Now a judge has found the 49-year-old Osbon competent to stand trial, while simultaneously sealing the results of his psychiatric evaluation.  Osbon, a pilot since 1989, is charged with interfering with a flight crew.

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