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Jet Blue Pilot Restrained

March 28, 2012 by staff 

Jet Blue Pilot Restrained, A JetBlue pilot who had a mid-air meltdown and rammed the cckpit doors during a rant about al-Qaeda managed to break through plastic restraint ties used to handcuff him, it was revealed today.

JetBlue 191 flight from New York to Las Vegas, Nevada, was diverted to Amarillo, Texas, for an emergency landing Tuesday morning after the pilot, identified as Clayton Osbon, suddenly began screaming about terror threats and bombs from outside the cckpit.

Tony Antolino, a passenger who helped subdue the pilot, said the plastic restraints on board were flimsy and systematically failed. Passengers on the flight were rattled, and several had to restrain the pilot after his meltdown by sitting on him.

“They did not work, they failed,” Mr. Antolino told NBC, speaking from Las Vegas. “We had to use seatbelt extenders, people’s belts and physically our hands to try and restrain the guy.”

Mr. Osbon, 49, is in FBI custody, the head of the airline said Wednesday.

“That was a tough situation at altitude. The customers, the crew, just did a great job,” said JetBlue chief executive and president Dave Barger, speaking to NBC television’s “Today Show” program.

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