More top news is coming in to San Francisco today on the JetBlue pilot who had a meltdown during the flight from New York to Las Vegas.
The flight had to land instead in Amarillo, Texas, as passengers subdued the pilot. The First Officer managed to lock the pilot out of the cockpit so he could land the plane safely.
(See the amazing breaking news story that had travelers, who fly from San Francisco’s own SFO airport, very concerned: JetBlue Flight 191: Pilot subdued due to erratic behavior)
“Very worrying, I’m glad the passengers were able to deal with it and nobody was hurt,” says San Francisco resident and frequent traveler, Anne Witham.
Now San Francisco residents are learning that the pilot, Clayton Osbon, is currently being guarded in a Texas hospital and that he faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. News source, Reuters, reports that nobody can remember any similar charges against an airline pilot in recent history.
According to newser.com, 49-year-old Osbon was showing strange signs even before the plane left the tarmac. He was not only late for work that day. but he began talking incoherently and speaking about religion a lot.
Newser.com notes that any pilot of Osbon’s age has to have a medical certificate every six months to show he or she is in good physical and mental health.
Newser.com says, however, that this requirement often just encourages pilots to cover up any mental or physical health problems they might be having, in order to protect their jobs.
“A guy has worked his whole career toward what he’s gotten, and he’s dealing with issues, what does he do?” says one pilot to CNN. “If he says, ‘Hey, I’m depressed,’ then the FAA pulls his medical certificates, and there goes his career.”
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Previous JetBlue stories have been about flight attendant Steven Slater, who deployed the emergency chute. See one of those stories here: Steven Slater guilty
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