Pilot went nuts on board
A Jet Blue flight bound for Las Vegas landed unexpectedly in Amarillo after a “medical situation” arose involving the captain. The airline says in a statement that the pilot in command of Flight 191 from New York then elected to land in the Panhandle of Texas about 10 a.m. Tuesday.¬† The airline says an off-duty captain who happened to be aboard the plane went to the flight deck and took over the duties of the ill captain “once on the ground.”¬†Jet Blue says the ill captain was taken to a medical facility.The airline says the passengers are awaiting another plane to take them on to their destination…
Retired NYPD cop had to restrain pilot, who warned passengers to ‘say your prayers’ ¬†Witnesses say the pilot was raving and had to be subdued by a retired NYPD sergeant who happened to be on board.Related Stories A JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas was forced to land in Texas Tuesday after the pilot flipped out and reportedly told passengers to ‘say their prayers.’A JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas was forced to land in Texas Tuesday after the pilot flipped out and reportedly told passengers to “say your prayers.” Witnesses say he was raving and had to be subdued by a retired NYPD sergeant who happened to be on board. “Our pilot went nuts and we had to land in Amarillo. I saw my life flash before my eyes today,” tweeted passenger Tiffany Lee. An off duty JetBlue pilot who was also on the flight helped land the plane, the airline said.Flight 191 had 135 passengers and five crew members when it took off from John F. Kennedy Airport at about 10:45 a.m., JetBlue said. A passenger in the third row told the Amarillo Globe-News that the pilot appeared to have a panic attack leaving the cockpit, ranting about bombs on the plane and urging pilots to throttle back the engines. A witness told Fox 5 News the pilot was in the cabin trying to storm the cockpit. “I saw a guy wearing a pilot’s uniform run down the aisle screaming and yelling and banging on the cockpit door to let him in,” the witness said.The witness said the man was screaming, “Say your prayers! Say your prayers!” Four passengers, including a retired NYPD sergeant, jumped on the man and held him down.The flight was diverted to Amarillo, Texas, where it was met by police and airport security personnel as it taxied to a remote area of the tarmac. etBlue officials said the captain was taken to a hospital with an undisclosed medical condition. Some reports said he was taken off the flight on a stretcher.