A former JetBlue Airways pilot who scared passengers by yelling about Jesus and al Qaeda in 2012 has sued the airline for $16 million, claiming that it jeopardized the flight by failing to recognize he was ill.
Clayton Osbon was released more than seven months after a March flight during which passengers said the 49-year-old pilot left the cockpit and ran through the cabin yelling about Jesus and al Qaeda.
They are now among 34 passengers who claim they feared for their lives when a pilot had to be restrained in the cabin while ranting wildly during the March Las Vegas-bound flight.
A Texas judge said the 49-year-old suffered a severe mental disease or defect that impaired his ability.
On Monday, American Eagle flight attendant Jose Serrano apparently couldn’t take the heat as passengers became impatient on their weather-delayed flight to Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in state Supreme Court in Queens. It contends the airline should have known that Clayton Osbon was unfit to fly.
The JetBlue pilot who had a meltdown in mid-air has been indicted. Clayton Osbon was indicted on one count of interference with a flight crew.
A judge wants to know if Clayton Osbon is mentally fit to stand trial. The motion seeking the psychiatric exam states that events enumerated in a FBI affidavit “establish a likelihood that Osbon may be suffering from a mental disease or defect.”
Clayton Osbon didn’t speak as he stood before the judge other than to say he understood the charges against him. He was not asked to enter a plea during the hearing.
“We know you were placed in an awful situation and we appreciate your ability to respond professionally,” wrote Connye Osbon.
Federal officials charged pilot Clayton Osbon with interfering with a flight crew on Wednesday.
Co-pilot Jason Dowd, an Ohio native, was identified Thursday for the first time since Tuesday’s meltdown by pilot Clayton Osbon on the flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Las Vegas.
JetBlue said Wednesday that Osbon was being suspended pending further investigation.
Wanda Serra says she’s rented the top floor of a home on 150th Avenue in South Ozone Park near JFK to pilot Clayton Osbon for nearly a decade.
JetBlue says the pilot who had an apparent meltdown during a flight Tuesday from JFK to Las Vegas has been suspended [ending further investigation.