Plane headed to Las Vegas makes unscheduled landing in Texas
A Jet Blue flight lands safely in Las Vegas after making an emergency landing in Amarillo, TX when the pilot suffered from a "medical episode".Photo: Video by ktnv.com
(KTNV) -- A plane that was headed to Las Vegas from New York City made an unscheduled landing this morning at Rick Husband International Airport in Amarillo, Texas.
According to JetBlue's blog, the pilot in command decided to land in Texas at about 10 a.m. for a medical situation involving the captain.
A government source that spoke to ABC News said that the captain of JetBlue Flight 191 was behaving erratically in the cockpit.
The co-pilot got the pilot out of the cockpit and then locked the door. The captain began pounding the door, wanting to re-enter the cockpit.
The captain was subdued by an off-duty New York City cop and an off-duty JetBlue pilot.
The pilot was taken into custody and then taken to a medical facility.
The plane is still on the tarmac and passengers are being interviewed by federal officials.
A different airplane and crew are being sent to Amarillo to pick up the passengers and continue the flight to Las Vegas.
The flight originated from John F. Kennedy International Airport.