Indeed, having your pilot lose his marbles during a flight and then ranting about al Qaeda could be a bit discomforting
A pilot Monday raced inside a JetBlue airliner Monday screaming obscenities and shouting about threats from al-Qaida and bombs aboard the aircraft, forcing an emergency landing in Amarillo, passengers said.
A half-dozen to 10 passengers jumped atop the pilot and pinned him to the floor, passengers said. Flight 191 landed at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport at 10:11 a.m., JetBlue said in a statement.
The aircraft was carrying people bound from New York to Las Vegas, Nev., for a security convention, passengers said. JetBlue and Transportation Security Administration officials described the pilot as having a medical condition. He was transported to Northwest Texas Hospital, officials said. He has not been identified.
The crew kicked the pilot out of the cockpit, and he turned unruly, attempting to use the intercom system, which had been disabled, said Josh Redick, 41, of New York. A passenger who works in the security business choked the pilot and took him down, passenger Gabriel Schonzeit said. “Another Captain, traveling off duty on Flight 191, entered the flight deck prior to landing at Amarillo, and took over the duties of the ill crewmember once on the ground,” JetBlue’s statement said.
Some video here, although it’s hard to tell what’s going on. Quite amusing to see all the news producers posting their phone numbers in the comments at YouTube.