JetBlue: Crew Will Stay Quiet About Captain Having Apparent Meltdown Aboard Flight

March 30, 2012 12:00 AM

JetBlue: Crew Will Stay Quiet About Captain Having Apparent Meltdown Aboard Flight
" NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Today, the National Transportation Safety Board will download the tapes from the flight data recorders aboard the JetBlue flight where its captain had an apparent mid-air meltdown.

JetBlue, meanwhile, says the crew of New York to Las Vegas Flight 191 will remain quiet about the incident.

“We understand and appreciate everyone’s desire to hear directly from the crew regarding their experience, but the crew has decided to decline all media opportunities in order to spend time with their families,” JetBlue Airways Corp. said in a statement Friday.

Federal officials charged pilot Clayton Osbon with interfering with a flight crew on Wednesday.

The FBI said Osbon began frightening his first officer, co-pilot Jason Dowd, about three hours into Tuesday morning’s flight, saying Osbon “began talking about religion, but his statements were not coherent.”

Osbon talked about sins in Las Vegas, saying at one point “We’re not going to Vegas.” Then Osbon began giving what the first officer described as a sermon.

After the co-pilot saw the pilot unnecessarily “fiddling” with the flight controls, and complaining to air traffic control about too much chatter, Dowd coaxed Osbon out of the cockpit, suggesting he go splash water in his face "

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