Pilot in JetBlue incident to be released
Pilot Clayton Osbon, shown in a booking photo, was arrested after an apparent meltdown aboard a JetBlue flight in March.
November 9th, 2012
11:28 AM ET

Pilot in JetBlue incident to be released

A JetBlue pilot arrested after an apparent meltdown aboard a March flight will be released with conditions, including continuing mental health treatment, a federal judge in Texas ruled Friday.

In July, Clayton Osbon was found not guilty by reason of insanity. He was charged following a March 27 incident on a JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas. Early in that flight, the plane's co-pilot became concerned about Osbon's bizarre behavior, according to an FBI affidavit. Read more about the pilot's release.

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  1. banasy©

    Glad I wasn't on that flight.

    November 9, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rascal Rabble

    people can get sick anywhere...mental health isn't any difference...when he get back to work they should restrict him to dayshift only....sleep depravation from rotating shifts probally aggravated his illlness...

    November 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      "When he gets back to work? " Ah, excuse me, he'll never be flying a commercial jet again with passengers and frankly, if I was the FAA, I'd see to it that he lost his pilot's license as well. He may be have a momentary breakdown, but a pilot's license is a privilege and not a right. It sucks to have to take it away, but you can't be too safe these days with that kind of thing.

      What if you let him fly cargo, for example, and he had another psychotic breakdown up there with no one else? Or only 1 or 2 other people on the entire plane. Man, he could do some real damage if that happened. That's why he should be forever revoked (and hopefully already is).

      November 13, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ben

    I hear bus drivers have a lot less stress. Maybe he can get a job at betty ford?

    November 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. worry wort

    Cheer up....I heard CIA has an opening.

    November 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stef Fletcher

      That was good!

      November 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • SYNNUW

      lol LOL

      November 11, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. jozett

    To the one who said he should get only day shift, that man will NEVER see the inside of a commercial plane ever again. Yes, mental illness is treatable and most people lead good lives with it, however, when it comes to saftey sensitive careers, he is not fit. Thank God the D.O.T. Will not qualify him.

    November 10, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. vatoloke

    Post Office material.

    November 10, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. November Storm

    He probably smoked something and flipped out. He got the Jesse Jackson Jr. syndrome. LOL

    November 12, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MS

    People with mental illness belong in long term care facilities, so their families can go on leading normal lives. Take your pills and stop screwing up!

    November 12, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |