JetBlue Flight Diverted, Captain Restrained By Passengers
JetBlue flight 191, which departed earlier today from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport en route to Las Vegas, was diverted to Amarillo after the captain exhibited erratic behavior during the flight.
According to a statement by the Federal Aviation Administration, the co-pilot locked the cockpit door and the captain was unable to reenter, after the co-pilot became concerned about the captain’s behavior during the flight.
The pilot was then subdued by passengers and flight attendants and the flight was able to land safely at Rick Husband International Amarillo Airport in Texas.
The pilot was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment after landing and the aircraft was then towed to the gate. Passengers were able to disembark at the terminal and continue to their original destination.
The incident is being investigated by the FBI, FAA, and TSA, as well as local law enforcement.
(Photo: Aaron Gustafson)