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Passengers Recount Tense Moments as JetBlue Captain Went Beserk-[Cockpit Tower AUDIO] – UPDATE

| March 29, 2012 | 9 Comments
JetBlue Pilot Clayton Osbon

JetBlue Pilot Clayton Osbon in an earlier photo in an Airbus A320 cockpit

UPDATE – April 2, 2012:

Below is CNN video interviewing one of the passengers aboard JetBlue flight 191 and the harrowing moments that ensued in the incident.


The story has made headlines around the world: The captain of JetBlue flight 191 became ‘mentally ill’ in some manner and went beserk on the flight from New York to Las Vegas on Tuesday.

The pilot ultimately had to be restrained by several passengers and crew while the co-pilot diverted to make an emergency landing in Amarillo, Texas.

Captain Clayton Osbon, for reasons not clearly known yet, had a mental breakdown while en route to Las Vegas and started ranting and running about the JetBlue A320 cabin.

Passengers on the flight quickly realized something was very wrong:

“All of a sudden,” says Paul Babakitis, a former New York City police officer, “I see a guy dart down the aisle wearing what appeared to be a JetBlue uniform.”

The man in the JetBlue uniform was Captain Osbon.

Passenger Mark Sellouk said:

“He’s banging on the door, yelling at the first officer, I think his name is Steve, ‘Bring the throttle to idle! Bring it to idle! Bring it to idle! We’re going down, we’re all going to die! Pray to Jesus. Open this goddamn door!”‘

Reportedly a flight attendant tried to calm Osbon down, but that did not work:

“We’re talking about a guy about 6 foot 3, 6 foot 4, about 260 pounds, solid as a rock, short cropped hair, bent with a cause, which we don’t know what his cause is,” says Babakitis.

Passengers say that Osbon then went for the cabin door:

‘Passenger David Gonzalez recalls, “I said, ‘I can’t let this guy open the door up here,’ so that’s when I said, ‘What’s your problem?’ He goes, ‘You gotta pray to God, you gotta pray to God, Iran and Iraq,’ and I said, ‘Look man, I don’t have time for that,’ so I just choked him.”‘

Ultimately, it took 5 or 6 passengers and crew to subdue Osbon and keep him that way while the co-pilot headed for Amarillo for the quickest emergency landing that he could make.

Below is the link to the audio transmission between JetBlue 191 and Amarillo tower as the aircraft gets clearance for an emergency landing:

JBU191-Amarillo-Emergency

VIDEO:

Source

Audio: Liveatc.net

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  1. David Gonzalez says:

    Congress and the Politian’s need to get involved and regulate these Pilot screening, in 2008 Canada had a similar issues from London to Toronto where the co-pilot had to be forcefully had to be removed and in a 1999 where the pilot was force to be removed & also from an Egypt air co-pilot under a lot of stress downed the plane killing 217 people.
    Today I struggle from the nightmares as if JetBlue Flight continues to flash everyday as if it happened yesterday, I had lumbar spine operation in December 2011 where I am now on more pain medication, my wife and kid are awaking me as a result of my yelling to grab Calyton foot as I am still on his back and where I landed on him until we safely on the ground and take control of the whole Clayton ordeal, so a lot has not been said on the JetBlue flight 191 and JetBlue has refused to any of our letters.

  2. JamesMX says:

    David,

    So you helped subdue the jetblue pilot?? Or you had dreams about it? I was a bit confused but if you’re injured from the incident and they won’t help you you need to get Ken (editor of this site) to do an article on you.

  3. JetBlue has refuse to answer my lawyers letter, I am on some new medication as the result of the pain that I suffer and the sad part is that my 10 year old has to wake me up because I am still fighting the pilot in my dream, now my wife has worries that I may chock her sine I am screaming to hold the pilot as I chock him, this is not the life that I not which to my worst enemy. JetBlue need to address my condition as December 2011 I had a lumber spine L2 operated and in March I chocking a 245 beast, this guy was strong and every night I pray that I dint have any more nightmares.

    I just started going to my kids school to work on an awareness scenario and how important it will be if you all work as a team, so my theme is “Teamwork” so if something of such emergency happens don’t lose control of the situation and work as a Team to take control of the Emergency, and after leaving it felt so good to see how these kids looked and focus as as I was recently all over the news and local channel.

    Getting the message out early will safe life’s, just a while back a bus driver lost control from an a attack and the kids stopped the bus and that to me was heroic, that is the message I want to get out to these kids early enough that they can think quicker and remember these types of exercises, because one day they may need to put them into effect.

    In closing, after what I saw the Captain kick the Cockpit door, that only demonstrated that we are still not safe and I wanted to identified to Congress the Politicians, and the FAA that more people we get involved on these type of life threatening situation, look at the door the pilot kick, it almost open, and these flight attendants will need a self-defense class if they are going to take control of a situation of bigger and stronger people, in my case the Captain through one of the flight attendant like puppet and that was when I got involved.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdY0Yp3cZQ8

    Look at the link above from the passenger that was in role 3 behind me that witness everything.

    Thank you,
    David

  4. As the CBS this Doctor’s agree is that this event that happen on JetBlue March 26, 2012, is that Clayton Obson may have over medicated himself as the issues point to either intoxication or a neurologic event, the doctor also mention of a diet supplement that could have been a factor in Clayton behavior.
    However, what they don’t mention is that at this interview as well as JetBlue is that “Harm & Hurt” did occurred, having to be on the 2nd roll I got involved where throw his flight attendant against the serving table and that’s when I got involved but I never touch Clayton until the injured flight attendant asked me to “Help” her, that gave me the approval to put Clayton in a chokehold, as Clayton had the upper hand on the other flight attendant to open the plane door at least that where I thought he was going next by his looks in his face so I had to stop him from injuring me or anyone else.
    Congress and the Politian’s need to get involved and regulate these Pilot screening, in 2008 Canada had a similar issues from London to Toronto where the co-pilot had to be forcefully had to be removed and in a 1999 where the pilot was force to be removed & also from an Egypt air co-pilot under a lot of stress downed the plane killing 217 people.
    Today I struggle from the nightmares as if JetBlue Flight continues to flash everyday as if it happened yesterday, I had lumbar spine operation in December 2011 where I am now on more pain medication, my wife and kid are awaking me as a result of my yelling to grab Clayton foot as I am still on his back and where I landed on him until we safely on the ground and take control of the whole Clayton ordeal, so a lot has not been said on the JetBlue flight 191 and JetBlue has refused to any of our letters.
    We will eventually see each other in court.
    David Gonzalez

  5. When your ready for a follow up on his case plase get intouch with me and I work with yoo and Congress & the FAA on the safty issues that JetBlue still has but and other Airlines but they wont disclose it becaseu it’s alarming and may drop sale.

    David Gonzalez

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