JetBlue Passengers Sue Airline Over Captain Freak-Out
QUEENS — When the captain began acting crazed, the passengers of JetBlue fight 191 fought back; restraining the pilot until the plane could make an emergency landing. Three months later they're striking back again, this time against the airline itself.
Ten of the passengers on the flight filed a lawsuit against JetBlue Wednesday in Queens, claiming the airline was "grossly negligent" in allowing captain Clayton Osbon to fly the plane, according to the Associated Press.
Osbon is facing federal charges of interfering with a flight crew after he ran screaming through the plane's cabin during the March 29 flight from New York to Las Vegas.
After the passengers wrestled Obson to the floor and restrained him, the flight made an emergency landing in Amarillo, Texas.
Video footage shows passengers wrestling in the front of the cabin while a voice screams "it's going to blow!"
In a second video, Osbon is see chatting with flight attendants and smiling. Moments later, he allegedly went berserk, causing passengers to tie him down.
The passenger who shot the footage, Anthony Antolino, said he feared for his life and wanted to preserve a record in case of the plane went down.
“I, at least, wanted something so that, God forbid, the phone was found in a field somewhere, maybe there would be some tip, some hint for someone to say OK, hey, what was going on here,” Antolino told CBS News, which first broadcast the video.
JetBlue promised to review their safety procedures after Osbon's meltdown.