JetBlue Pilot Clayton Osbon Charged With Interfering With A Flight Crew

March 28, 2012 12:00 AM

JetBlue Pilot Clayton Osbon Charged With Interfering With A Flight Crew
" NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Federal authorities filed criminal charges against the JetBlue pilot who flipped out Tuesday during a flight from John F. Kennedy Airport bound for Las Vegas.

The FBI said pilot Clayton Osbon began frightening his first officer about three hours into the flight. That first officer said Osbon “began talking about religion, but his statements were not coherent.” On Wednesday he was charged with interfering with a flight crew.

WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond Reports

His crewmate in the cockpit said he grew alarmed when the pilot said “Things just don’t matter” and “We need to take a leap of faith.”

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, the co-pilot coaxed Osbon out of the cockpit, suggesting he go splash water in his face.

Once out of the cockpit, the co-pilot called for an off-duty pilot, who flying as a passenger, to come forward. They changed the combination on the cabin door lock "

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