April 17, 2014

JetBlue Suspends Captain

( 4UMF NEWS ) JetBlue Suspends Captain:

JetBlue announced Wednesday that it is suspending the captain whose bizarre behavior prompted his fellow co-pilot to lock him out of the cockpit on a flight from New York to Las Vegas.

Clayton Osbon, 49, has been a pilot at JetBlue since 2000, the airline’s first year of flying. The company said a “medical situation” occurred onboard the plane on Tuesday but wouldn’t elaborate.

Passengers said the pilot was yelling and acting unruly in the cabin after he was locked out of the cockpit. A group of passengers tackled the captain and restrained him until the plane landed in Amarillo, Texas.

JetBlue spokeswoman Allison Steinberg said Wednesday that Osbon was taken off active duty pending review of the incident.

Two passengers aboard JetBlue Flight 191 recounted Wednesday the dramatic and bizarre situation of the plane’s captain leaving the cockpit, acting erratically and eventually being subdued. JetBlue’s CEO, meanwhile, said the captain was a “consummate professional.”

The captain “became increasingly agitated,” passenger Tony Antolino told TODAY’s Ann Curry, adding that several passengers grabbed the pilot, “tackled him to the ground” and sat on him.

Osbon, since charged with interfering with a flight crew and now getting medical care, left the cockpit, tried to enter an occupied lavatory and then became increasingly agitated when he couldn’t get back into the cockpit.

“The first thing I saw was the captain running down the aisle,” passenger Laurie Dhue said on TODAY, adding he was “banging on the door, saying ‘Let me in! Let me in!’ ” Dhue credited the “brave people on board” for handling the situation, saying it was “literally like a scene from a movie.”

JetBlue CEO Dave Barger, also appearing on TODAY, told host Matt Lauer that he knew the captain personally and said there were no signs that pointed to the in-flight meltdown.

“It was a true team effort at 35,000 feet yesterday,” Barger said of the response by passengers and crew.

What a nightmare those passengers had to endure…

Story @ MSNBC