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Unruly Pilot Causes Plane to Make Emergency Landing

LAS VEGAS -- A JetBlue flight headed for Las Vegas made an emergency landing in Amarillo, Texas after a pilot became unruly.

The airline says there was a medical situation involving the captain of the plane, who possibly had a panic attack. A U.S. official confirms that the captain in question was Clayton Osbon.

JetBlue Flight 191 was coming to Las Vegas from JFK Airport in New York. About two hours into the flight, Osbon left the cockpit to go to the restroom. While he was gone, passengers say a flight attendant went to a man who was in partial JetBlue pilot gear. After their brief conversation, that man then quickly entered the cockpit and locked the Osbon out. 

Listen to air traffic audio of the event

Osbon exhibited odd behavior, randomly striking up conversations with passengers on his way back to the cockpit. When he realized he was locked out, he began screaming and acting erratically.

According to the passenger, a flight attendant got on the intercom and said, "restrain him." Several passengers tackled the pilot to the ground and held him until an emergency landing was made.

"Once he got to the front of the plane, he started banging on the cockpit and trying to answer some codes to get in. But I heard the captain yell out something and then we saw the stewardesses grab the guy's hands and he was yelling something about 'They're gonna blow it up. It's gonna blow up.' Something around those lines. And he started aggressively banging on the cockpit and trying to get into it," said passenger Serge Kapchits.

The flight crew and passengers sprang up to restrain him. Kapchits said they used an oxygen mask and pulled him down by his neck onto the ground. Osbon was removed from the plane and taken for medical treatment. 

The 140 passengers onboard the Airbus A320 sat at the airport in Amarillo and were interviewed by the FBI and other officials. They waited for another plane and flight crew to pick them up and bring them to Las Vegas.

No one was hurt and Osbon is receiving medical treatment.

In a statement, JetBlue said "We would like to thank our crew on board for handling this situation per their training, and we would like to thank the customers on board for following crewmember instructions."

The flight took off and landed safely in Las Vegas.