The JetBlue pilot who had an apparent breakdown on a flight from New York to Las Vegas, ranting about a bomb and terrifying passengers, has been charged in a federal criminal complaint that says he told the co-pilot “things just don’t matter” before he began preaching a sermon.
The pilot, Clayton Osbon, 49, is charged with interference with a flight crew, according to federal prosecutors in Texas, where the flight was diverted.
Osbon was taken off active duty pending review of the incident, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. The company had described the episode as a “medical situation” but did not elaborate.
Meanwhile, one of the passengers who helped restrain a crazed JetBlue captain after a mid-air outburst insisted Wednesday that the plane’s co-pilot was “really the hero” for recognizing his colleague was displaying disturbing behavior.