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Psychologist: Lack of Sleep Caused Pilot's Meltdown

Deprivation behind Clayton Osbon's 'brief psychotic disorder,' he testified

(Newser) - The JetBlue pilot who had a bizarre in-flight meltdown earlier this year was seriously short on sleep, a psychologist testified, according to a court transcript obtained by the AP . The neuropsychologist told Clayton Osbon's trial that the pilot had "a brief psychotic disorder" due to lack of sleep.... More »

Judge: JetBlue Meltdown Pilot Insane, Not Guilty

Clayton Osbon sent to federal facility for examination

(Newser) - The JetBlue pilot who caused a flight to be diverted after a bizarre mid-air meltdown has been found not guilty by reason of insanity. Prosecutors did not argue with a psychological report that concluded Clayton Osbon, 49, suffered from "a severe mental disease or defect that impaired his ability... More »

Passengers Sue JetBlue Over Pilot Freak-Out

But the airline tops a customer satisfaction survey

(Newser) - For the seventh consecutive year, JetBlue ranked No. 1 in airline customer satisfaction in a JD Power survey … but at least 10 passengers are most definitely not satisfied. They filed a lawsuit against the airline today, alleging gross negligence in allowing pilot Clayton Osbon to fly. They claim they... More »

JetBlue Captain Out of Hospital, In Court

Prosecutors want Clayton Osbon held without bail

(Newser) - The JetBlue pilot who screamed false terrorism warnings to a cabin full of passengers last week was released from a Texas hospital today, although released may be too strong a word. Clayton Osbon was escorted to court in handcuffs, where prosecutors asked that he be held without bail, the AP... More »

JetBlue Pilot Wife: Thanks for Help in 'Awful Situation'

Connye Osbon thanks those who subdued her husband, asks for privacy

(Newser) - The wife of the JetBlue pilot who had a breakdown in the middle of a flight issued a heartfelt thanks yesterday to all the people on the flight who subdued her husband, and got the plane down safely, reports MSNBC . "We know you were placed in an awful situation,... More »

JetBlue Pilot's Dad Died in Plane Crash

Deranged airline pilots blamed for 345 deaths since 1982

(Newser) - We may never know exactly what made JetBlue pilot Clayton Osbon come unhinged, but the New York Daily News has uncovered tragedy in his past. The pilot's father, who Osbon began flying with as a teenager, died in a plane crash in 1995. The elder Osbon and a friend... More »

Carson Daly: Sorry I Implied Gay People Aren't Tough

He joked they couldn't take down JetBlue pilot

(Newser) - Carson Daly apologized last night for implying that gay people wouldn't have been able to take down the JetBlue pilot who melted down on a recent flight . On his show yesterday morning, Daly noted how lucky it was that many of the passengers on the flight were "well-trained... More »

Feds Charge JetBlue Pilot

Clayton Osbon could get up to 20 years for in-flight meltdown

(Newser) - The JetBlue pilot who had a mid-flight mental breakdown has been charged with interfering with a flight, and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Clayton Osbon—who remains in a guarded facility in a Texas hospital— has been suspended by the airline while the FBI and aviation... More »

JetBlue Suspends Captain in Meltdown

Clayton Osbon taken off active duty pending review

(Newser) - A JetBlue captain who yelled about a bomb and urged passengers to pray on a Las Vegas-bound flight has been suspended, the airline said today. Clayton Osbon has been taken off active duty pending a review of the incident, a JetBlue spokeswoman said. There is nothing in the captain's... More »

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