April 2nd, 2012
11:40 AM ET

JetBlue pilot charged for meltdown goes to court

The JetBlue pilot arrested after an apparent midair meltdown last week was taken to the federal courthouse in Amarillo, Texas, Monday morning, a court official said.

Authorities transferred Clayton Osbon, the captain of JetBlue Flight 191, from a hospital where he has been treated since last Tuesday to the courthouse. A court clerk said he probably would appear before a judge.

Osbon has not made an initial court appearance since he was arrested and charged with interfering with a flight crew.

His remarks and erratic behavior on the planned five-hour flight from New York's Kennedy International Airport to Las Vegas led the co-pilot to lock him out of the cockpit, according a federal criminal complaint.

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  1. Facebook Alternative

    I hope that the pilot gets professional help with whatever issues he has.

    April 2, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I'll walk thank you. 🙂

    April 2, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. michaelfury

    What's on the CVR?


    April 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    I know that being a pilot is a high-stress job, but...wow.
    Screaming at the control tower that they were too loud?
    This man needs serious help.
    May he get it.

    April 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Opal Monroe

    He probably walked in on his wife with another man an now he feels he missed out on life with a man but can't accept his inner desires so commits a criminal act so he will go to prison to satisfy these desires an play coy but it really changes his life and he becomes enlightened


    April 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. raven

    Yeah Opal, thats EXACTLY what I was thinking. Weird.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Too funny!

      April 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Andrei Ivanov

    I wonder if they'll ever take unmanned aerial vehicles to court. Today the FAA's having a webinar on the policies used for robot drones in the civilian skies, as per http://www.patexia.com/feed/faa-legalizing-uavs-in-civilian-airspace-flying-robocop-drones-patrolling-the-neighborhood-3776 - then again, maybe unmanned aerial vehicles is just what the doctor ordered, less loony pilots!

    April 10, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |