Wife Of Pilot In JetBlue Emergency Thanks Passengers And Crew

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — JetBlue pilot Clayton Osbon was facing federal charges and still recovering from his headline-making meltdown. After nearly a week of crisis and confusion, his wife released a statement defending him, pleading for privacy and thanking everyone on board the flight from Kennedy Airport to Las Vegas.

Passengers said Osbon grew increasingly incoherent, going up and down the aisles ranting about terror threats and the plane going down.

“I’m looking at this happening and he’s getting more and more violent,” said passenger Mark Sellouk.

Co-pilot Jason Dowd was hailed a hero for getting Osbon out of the cockpit, locking the door, and taking command. He  called an off-duty pilot to help him fly the plane and told passengers to restrain the captain, which they did.

On the ground in Texas, Osbon was removed and seen by doctors with Northwest Texas Healthcare System.

In a statement, the pilot’s wife thanked the medical team but saved her highest praise for the crew and passengers, whom she describes as “effective yet compassionate.”

“We know you were placed in an awful situation and we appreciate your ability to respond professionally,” wrote Connye Osbon. “It is our belief, as Clayton’s family, that while he was clearly distressed, he was not intentionally violent toward anyone.”

She said this will be her only statement, and family members will not grant interviews as they focus on Osbon’s recovery.

Captain Osbon was charged with interfering with a crew. If convicted he faces 20 years in prison.

Please leave a comment below…

  • michaelfury
  • Prince

    I think the most important thing is to find out the reason why the pilot acted on that manner, before expediting action on any legal issue. jail or facing with the legal ramifications won’t solve the matter. Supposing the same thing happen to another person? I guess this man must have taken drug or spiritual attack to challenge his position on air blue company to replace him. Anything could happen.

  • LuigiK

    It’s the American way – jail the minor problem makers and reward the crooks, banksters and war-mongering politicians . . . .

    • Junior

      It is because it is the easy way out, To go after REAL criminals they would actually have to work. The new American way..take the easy way out.

  • susan

    i commented earlier and it was not posted..i feel for mrs osbon, but the reality is there is something troubling her husband which will need to come out..eventually she will be faced with the legal ramifications of her husbands actions and will be forced to divulge whether they had some problems financially or otherwise, and if she had knowledge of something he might have taken prior to that flight.or even if he had medical issues he had hidden… ..

  • Robert

    Too late for damage control…sorry, mrs. Pilot…hubby is going to have find a new career…the pilot gig is flushed.

    • Deibon Snook

      You’re quite callous – this guy wasn’t one of those A-rab terrorists. He obviously was troubled and deserves compassion and medical treatment, rather than jail time.

      • Robert

        Who said anything about jail? My friends in the airline biz tell me he’ll never be allowed to pilot a plane again…probably will be fired. The man has issues, and there are just too many lives at stake to risk him being at the controls ever again.

        • littlestar

          Yes, clearly his flying days are over. It seems like a nervous breakdown to me. I can’t see convicting him unless he was taking medication that was not disclosed.

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