JetBlue Captain Forces NYC Flight Diversion to Texas

By Amy Zimmer on March 27, 2012 4:01pm | Updated on March 27, 2012 4:03pm

QUEENS — A JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas was forced to make an emergency landing in Texas Tuesday after the pilot started acting erratically and had to be subdued, according to officials and reports.

Sources told CBS News that the co-pilot of Flight 191, which left JFK just before 7:30 a.m., had kicked the captain out of the cockpit when he became incoherent.

An off-duty New York City police officer and an off-duty pilot then subdued the captain when he started pounding on the cockpit door, according to reports about the incident, part of which was captured on YouTube video.

Passenger Heidi Karg said that a man was trying to get into the cockpit yelling: "I need the code, gimme the code, I need to get in there," according to the Associated Press.

"We heard the word 'bomb,'" Karg said. "We didn't know exactly what was going on."

Though the captain's removal was believed to be medical-related, the FBI was investigating, according to reports.

According to JetBlue, the flight was diverted to Amarillo "for a medical situation involving the captain," airline officials said in a statement.  Another captain, traveling off duty, helped with the 11 a.m. landing.

"The crew member was removed from the aircraft and taken to a local medical facility," the company said.

After landing in Texas, the passengers boarded another plan to continue on to Las Vegas.

After reportedly being struck by lightning in mid-flight, a JetBlue flight originating in Phoenix landed safely at JFK Airport Tuesday morning.
After reportedly being struck by lightning in mid-flight, a JetBlue flight originating in Phoenix landed safely at JFK Airport Tuesday morning.
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CREDIT: JetBlue.com

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