A lawsuit has been filed by at least 10 passengers against JetBlue who were on JetBlue flight 191 on March 27th when its captain, 49-year-old Clayton Osbon, suffered a meltdown and the co-pilot had to divert the flight to Amarillo, Texas (AMA). The flight was traveling from New York City to Las Vegas.
Among the allegations, it said JetBlue "was grossly negligent in retaining defendant Osbon, whom JetBlue knew or should have known was unfit to be entrusted with the aircraft as pilot," the court papers said. After the plane was landed safely in Amarillo by the co-pilot, federal authorities removed Osbon from the airplane and took him for a mental and medical evaluation before placing him in jail.
The lawsuit was filed in New York State Supreme Court in the Queens borough of New York City and is seeking unspecified damages.
Osbon's lawyer, Dean Roper of Amarillo, has said his client will plead insanity. He has been charged with interfering with a flight crew.
During the flight, Osbon had to be subdued by flight crew and passengers after he suffered a mental breakdown and began making loud statements to passengers considered dangerous according to a federal indictment. "Pray now for Jesus Christ", "things just don't matter" and complaining about Iraqi terrorist were some of the alleged statements he made.
JetBlue said it does not comment on pending litigation and that it has not yet reviewed the suit in full.