JetBlue captain: 'They're going to take us down'
Passenger: JetBlue pilot diverts flight to Texas after captain unruly, yells 'bomb'
Published On: Mar 27 2012 04:05:07 PM CDT Updated On: Mar 27 2012 04:38:04 PM CDT
AMARILLO, Texas - A JetBlue captain who screamed that Iraq or Afghanistan had planted a bomb on a Las Vegas-bound flight was locked out of the cockpit, tackled and restrained by passengers Tuesday, passengers said.
The captain of Flight 191 from New York JFK International Airport had a "medical situation" and that the pilot, who subsequently took command of the aircraft, elected to land in Amarillo, Texas about 10 a.m., JetBlue Airways said in a statement.
Josh Redick, a passenger sitting near the middle of the plane, said the pilot "stormed out" of the cockpit.
Tony Antolino, a 40-year-old executive for a security firm, said the captain walked to the back of the plane, that he seemed disoriented and agitated, then began yelling about an unspecified threat linked to Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.
"They're going to take us down, they're taking us down, they're going to take us down. Say the Lord's prayer, say the Lord's prayer," the captain screamed, according to Antolino.
JetBlue flight diverted after captain's 'erratic' behavior
By the CNN Wire Staff
March 27, 2012 -- Updated 2226 GMT (0626 HKT)http://cnn.com/video/?/video/us/2012/03/27/nr-dhue-jetblue-flight-diverted.cnn
(CNN) -- A JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas was diverted to Amarillo, Texas, on Tuesday after the captain "exhibited erratic behavior" and was locked out of the cockpit, authorities said.
The plane's co-pilot, concerned by the behavior, locked the door behind the captain when he left the cockpit during the flight, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Passengers described to CNN what happened next.
"The pilot ran to the cockpit door, began banging on it and said something to the effect of, 'We've gotta pull the throttle back. We've gotta get this plane down,'" said Laurie Dhue.
"At that point, the two flight attendants tried to subdue him, and then seemingly out of nowhere, about six or seven large guys stormed to the front of the plane and wrestled the captain of the plane down to the ground and had him subdued in a matter of moments. It was really like something out of a movie," she said.