Jetblue pilot who left cockpit ruled competent to stand trial

11:07 AM, Jun 15, 2012   |    comments
In this handout from the Randall County Sheriff’s Office, JetBlue pilot Clayton Osbon is seen April 2, 2012 in Amarillo, Texas. (Randall County Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images)
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AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - A judge says a JetBlue Airways pilot who left the cockpit during a flight and screamed about religion and terrorists is mentally competent to stand trial.

U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson ruled Friday in Amarillo after hearing evidence about 49-year-old Clayton F. Osbon's mental competency. She also ordered his psychiatric evaluation be sealed.

Osbon recently underwent a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation. He was indicted in April on one charge of interfering with a flight crew. The allegation stems from a March 27 incident after the plane left New York bound for Las Vegas.

Osbon allegedly ran through the plane's cabin yelling about Jesus and al-Qaida. The first officer locked him out of the cockpit and passengers wrestled him to the floor before the plane made an emergency landing in Amarillo.

 

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