JetBlue Pilot Who Had Apparent Meltdown Arraigned In Federal Court

Clayton Osbon Smiles At His Supporters, But Does Not Enter A Plea

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The JetBlue pilot who had an apparent mid-air meltdown last week was moved from a hospital bed to a federal courtroom on Monday.

Clayton Osbon was escorted in handcuffs out of Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo to his arraignment in Amarillo.

In court Monday, the 49-year-old captain smiled at his wife and JetBlue employees that came to support him. He did not speak, other than to tell a judge he understood the charges, and his smile later disappeared when he posed for his mug shot. He was not asked to enter a plea during the hearing, reports CBS 2’s Dana Tyler.

Osbon’s disturbing behavior last Tuesday forced the emergency landing of JetBlue Flight 191 from John F. Kennedy Internal Airport to Las Vegas.

His co-pilot, Jason Dowd, locked Osbon out of the cockpit and four passengers helped restrain him. The following is some of what Dowd told air traffic control: “JetBlue 191 declaring an emergency. JetBlue 191 we’re gonna have to head into Amarillo, declaring an emergency at this time.”

Osbon’s wife, Connye Osbon, released a statement Sunday that said in part: “It is our belief, as Clayton’s family, that while he was clearly distressed, he was not intentionally violent towards anyone.”

On Monday, she thanked the passengers for acting as they did.

“We know you were placed in an awful situation and we appreciate your ability to respond professionally,” she said.

And even as loved ones say Clayton Osbon is a harmless soul, prosecutors on Monday said he is a man who shouldn’t be back on the streets, let alone back on a plane.

Osbon, who faces charges of interfering with his own flight crew, will remain in the custody of U.S. Marshals at least until his next court appearance, which is Thursday. A judge will then rule on the prosecutor’s request that he be held without bond.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

Please share your thoughts below…

  • Exterminate Liberals

    JetBlue is messed up. Last year there was that crazy flight attendant, now we have a nutty pilot and I just off a flight that had the ugliest stewardess.

  • questor3000

    I am utterly and totally against this prosecution of a mentally ill man. A pilot with an impecible record, is now being tarrgeted for being mentally ill and having a psychotic break. When will the federal government wake up and go after tjhe real terrorists and criminals. I am concerned that our government is becoming one sided and rigged. I think they are trying to instill fear saying, don’t you dare lose it. How dare the OBAMA administation impliment laws like NDAA which gives them the right to label you beligerant towards the government just for voicing an opinion against what they are doing. God help us all.

  • DaEmph

    Why wasn’t Zimmerman arrested and sitting in a jail or prison? So there goes your answer….sh!t makes no sense when it comes to sketchy situations!

  • NYCsewer

    If the guy has a mental medical problem why was he arrested by the FBI.Just asking after all Corzine stole billions and he walk free

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