Co-Pilot Of JetBlue Flight 191 Hailed As Hero After Captain’s Meltdown

March 29, 2012 12:00 AM

Co-Pilot Of JetBlue Flight 191 Hailed As Hero After Captain’s Meltdown
" NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It was his voice and quick thinking that sounded the alarm on JetBlue Flight 191 — and now we know the identity of the hero in the cockpit.

Co-pilot Jason Dowd, an Ohio native, was identified Thursday for the first time since Tuesday’s meltdown by pilot Clayton Osbon on the flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Las Vegas, reports CBS 2′s Derricke Dennis.

Dowd’s family members, including his brother-in-law in Ohio, said they’re proud of his heroic acts. His father-in-law, William Kosta, said Dowd called home shortly after the incident.

“Very short conversation that he was just okay and that there had been a problem on the plane,” Kosta said.

The veteran pilot is a husband and father of two who still lives in the same town he grew up in — Salem, Ohio.

Dowd hasn’t been home yet because he’s still being interviewed by federal investigators "

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