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JetBlue pilot not guilty by reason of insanity

By Associated Press


AMARILLO, Texas >> A federal judge in Texas has found a JetBlue Airways pilot who left the cockpit during a flight and screamed about terrorists not guilty by reason of insanity.

The judge's Tuesday ruling came during a bench trial for Clayton F. Osbon. It noted he suffered from a "severe mental disease or defect." Osbon was earlier deemed mentally competent to stand trial.

The pilot will go to a federal mental health facility for examination until another hearing on or before Aug. 6. The judge will decide then whether Osbon can be released or committed to a mental facility.

Osbon was charged with interfering with a flight crew after the March 27 flight from Las Vegas to New York. Passengers wrestled him to the floor after he ran through the plane's cabin.

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1R1E wrote:
on July 3,2012 | 02:07PM
Steve96785 wrote:
Makes me feel soooo much better knowing that pilots can be so seriously mentally deranged that they are not capable of rational thought! I won't be flying JetBlue anytime soon.
on July 3,2012 | 02:11PM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
I flew Jetblue once. It was a great experience. You even get to watch free TV.
on July 3,2012 | 03:10PM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
Personally, I don't like the insanity defense, but in this case, is there any doubt???
on July 3,2012 | 03:09PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Scary that this guy was responsible for the safety of hundreds of people. No matter how cheap Jet blue is, I will never fly on one of their planes.
on July 3,2012 | 03:35PM
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