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JetBlue pilot Clayton Osbon's meltdown prompts review of procedures (VIDEO)

After JetBlue pilot Capt. Clayton Osbon had a meltdown mid-flight, causing a plane to divert, the CEO announced a review of procedures.

After pilot Capt. Clayton Osbon had a meltdown on JetBlue Flight 191 causing the plane to divert course yesterday, JetBlue's CEO Dave Barger announced a review of procedures, according to Reuters.

 

The flight was enroute from New York to Las Vegas when it had to make an emergency landing in Amarillo, Texas, after Osbon apparently had a meltdown and was locked out of the cockpit by his co-pilot.

CNN reported that Osbon had been suspended by JetBlue, pending further investigation, according to JetBlue's spokeswoman Tamara Young.

Passengers reported incoherent and erratic behavior from the pilot, after his co-pilot had convinced him to go to the restroom. Tony Antolino, one of the passengers who subdued Osbon, said, "He was very erratic, kind of talking real frenetically. That continued to escalate," according to CBS. An off-duty pilot was prepared to take Osbon's place in the cockpit when he went to the restroom.

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Antolino told NBC that once Osbon discovered that he was locked out of the cockpit, he started ranting. "They're going to take us down, they're taking us down, they're going to take us down. Say the Lord's prayer, say the Lord's prayer," Antolino quoted Osbon. Other passengers reported hearing words like "bomb."

Another passenger, Paul Babakitis, who is a retired NYPD sergeant, also helped to subdue Osbon, and recalled, "I realized that this person was deranged and that we had to take swift action, otherwise there could be dire consequences."

JetBlue's CEO, Barger, said he personally knew Osbon and described him as a consummate professional, according to CNN. He ascribed Osbon's behavior to a medical situation which he said became a security situation, on NBC's Today Show, and said the incident would prompt a full scale review of procedures, not just for JetBlue but for the whole industry.

According to Reuters, the Federal Aviation Administration cited the issue as an "onboard medical emergency." Osbon is now reportedly in the FBI's custody while they investigate the case further.

Osbon's wife was distraught in an interview with ABC News when she said, "I have no idea what's going on. I haven't spoken with him. There are several different sides to every story. Just keep that in mind."

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Here is a report from CNN including a statement from JetBlue's CEO and raw footage from the flight where passengers subdued Osbon:

RAW VIDEO: JetBlue Captain is Restrained
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After pilot Capt. Clayton Osbon had a meltdown on JetBlue Flight 191 causing the plane to divert course yesterday, JetBlue's CEO Dave Barger announced a review of procedures, according to Reuters.

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