JetBlue pilot Clayton Osbon charged with interfering with a flight crew


The JetBlue terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in the Queens borough of New York City.


Mario Tama

Clayton Osbon, the JetBlue pilot who apparently suffered a mid-flight psychological breakdown on Tuesday, was charged today by federal prosecutors with interfering with a flight crew, according to CBS News.

The charge is usually brought against unruly passengers, according to the broadcaster.

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A flight from New York to Las Vegas had to be diverted to Texas yesterday after Osbon behaved erratically and was subdued by passengers.

According to The Los Angeles Times, the charges were brought by the US Attorney in Amarillo in the Northern District of Texas.

CBS reports the criminal complaint states that Osbon “moved through the aircraft and was disruptive and had to be subdued and forcibly restrained from re-entering the cockpit.”

In a post on its blog, Blue Tales, JetBlue said the FBI was investigating.

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"As the events unfolded, it became clear that security was also an element of this episode, but not the overriding issue in our opinion. The FBI has said terrorism is not a factor in this incident," the blog entry said.