Flight lands safely in Las Vegas after pilot's mental breakdown
More details on what happened on the JetBlue flight March 27 when the captain had a meltdown.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A JetBlue flight has reached its destination in Las Vegas after the captain's mental breakdown forced an emergency landing in Texas on Tuesday.
The flight left New York City at about 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time. When the captain had an apparent mental breakdown, the copilot forced him out of the cockpit. Passengers on board restrained the captain and others filmed his episode.
Witnesses said about six passengers in the front rows held the captain down as he tried to force entry back into the cockpit.
A passenger on the plane -- a pilot himself -- was able to take over the flight and make an emergency landing in Amarillo, Texas.
When the flight landed, the captain, identified by ABC News as Clayton Osbon, was taken into FBI custody and transported to a mental health facility.
JetBlue is calling the incident a medical episode.
The flight eventually reached its destination at McCarran International Airport after 4 p.m. Pacific Time.
Passengers exiting the flight were visibly shaken after a lengthy and tumultuous trip to Las Vegas.
"I'm just happy to be on the ground," passenger Gabriel Gabrilov said.
Witnesses credit the copilot and quick-thinking passengers on board for subduing the captain during his episode.
"The person we owe a lot of credit to is the copilot, to recognize that there was something wrong with the pilot," passenger Charlie Restivo said. "He actually got him out of there and got the doors locked and really saved everybody, in addition to some of the passengers who were up front who restrained the guy."
No word yet on what charges the captain will face.