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JetBlue Has Settled Lawsuit Over Pilot’s Mid-Flight Freakout

Settlement Was Finalized In April; Terms Not Disclosed
Clayton Osbon (credit: Personal Photo)

Clayton Osbon (credit: Personal Photo)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A lawsuit against JetBlue following a pilot’s meltdown on a New York-to-Las Vegas flight has been quietly settled.

Airline spokeswoman Jenny Dervin said the lawsuit was settled in late April. Terms were not disclosed.

A spokeswoman for the attorney representing 34 passengers confirmed Wednesday the lawsuit was “resolved amicably by the parties.”

The lawsuit accused the airline of negligence.

On March 27, 2012, Capt. Clayton Osbon terrified passengers as he left the cockpit and ran through the cabin yelling about Jesus and al Qaeda.

Osbon showed up unusually late for the flight. The plane was in midair when he told his first officer that they wouldn’t make it to their destination, according to court documents.

He began to ramble about religion, scolded air traffic controllers to quiet down, then turned off the radios and dimmed the monitors in the cockpit. He said aloud that “things just don’t matter” and encouraged his co-pilot to take a leap of faith.

The flight was diverted and safely landed in Amarillo, Texas.

He was charged with interference with a flight crew. He later was found not guilty by reason of insanity after a forensic neuropsychologist testified in a short, unpublicized trial that Osbon had a “brief psychotic disorder” brought on by lack of sleep.

Passengers claimed JetBlue was “grossly negligent” in allowing Osbon to fly.

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