Clayton Osbon, the JetBlue captain who experienced a mid-air meltdown on March 27, has plans to plead insanity in a Texas court, according to reports.
In a motion filed Wednesday, Osbon's attorneys alerted federal prosecutors that Osbon will state he was insane at the time of his meltdown, the Amarillo Globe News reports.
On March 28, Osbon was charged with interference with a flight crew or attendants, an offense that could lead to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors asked Osbon to undergo a psychological exam to determine if he was legally sane at the time of the incident. A Texas grand jury indicted the captain of the same charge on April 12.
JetBlue CEO Dave Barger told CBS earlier this month that the airline will help Osbon and his family "in whatever their needs may be." Osbon, a 12-year veteran with JetBlue, was suspended by the airline following the incident.
Passengers tackled the pilot of a JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas, after the pilot became irate and rambled about Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. JetBlue says the pilot suffered a "medical situation." (March 28)
Thomas Consiglio, whose grandmother is the longtime landlord of JetBlue Captain Clayton Osbon, said Wednesday he couldn't believe that Osbon was involved in disrupting a flight on Tuesday. (March 28)
A JetBlue captain had to be restrained by passengers after he was locked out of the cockpit by his co-pilot.
A JetBlue Las Vegas-bound flight was diverted to Amarillo, Texas, Tuesday after the pilot reportedly had a mental breakdown, telling passengers to "say your prayers."
Passengers aboard an 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, didn't close the door and tried to force his way into an occupied bathroom. (March 28)
Amateur video emerged on Tuesday purportedly showed men holding the pilot aboard a flight from New York to Las Vegas after he began behaving erratically and shouting at passengers. (March 28)