JetBlue pilot not guilty by reason of insanity

By Michael Winter, USA TODAY

The JetBlue pilot who forced an emergency landing in Amarillo, Texas, in March after he ran through the cabin screaming about Jesus and al-Qaeda has been found not guilty by reason of insanity, according to news reports.

U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson announced her verdict less than three weeks after declaring that former Capt. Clayton F. Osbon was mentally competent to stand trial, KFDA-TV says.

Robinson found that Osbon suffered from a"severe mental disease or defect that impaired his ability" to understand that his March 27 outburst was wrong, the Amarill0 Globe-News writes.

Osbon, 49, of Richmond Hills, Ga., will be returned to a federal mental health facility in Fort Worth for further examination, and is to be brought back to Amarillo in August for another hearing.

Osbon's psychological meltdown happened shortly after Flight 191 left New York for Las Vegas on March 27. 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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