Judge: Disruptive JetBlue Pilot To Stand Trial
A judge says a JetBlue Airways pilot who left the cockpit during a flight and screamed about religion and terrorists is mentally competent to stand trial.
U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson ruled Friday in Amarillo after hearing evidence about 49-year-old Clayton F. Osbon’s mental competency. She also ordered his psychiatric evaluation be sealed.
Osbon recently underwent a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation. He was indicted in April on one charge of interfering with a flight crew. The allegation stems from a March 27 incident after the plane left New York bound for Las Vegas.
Osbon allegedly ran through the plane’s cabin yelling about Jesus and al-Qaida. The first officer locked him out of the cockpit and passengers wrestled him to the floor before the plane made an emergency landing in Amarillo.
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