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JetBlue Meltdown Pilot Clayton Osbon Found Not Guilty By Insanity

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Clayton Osbon, the JetBlue pilot who suffered an in-flight meltdown in March was on Tuesday found not guilty by reason of insanity. (www.nycaviation.com) More...

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PVUpilot
PVUpilot 5
Whats even more "insane" are the passengers suing the airline! What a joke.
skuttlerats
Jeffrey Babey 1
Anything for a buck now a days and sadly I'm sure the airlines will settle out of court paying these whiners money they don't deserve.
preacher1
preacher1 3
They'll get some quick easy money. It'll never go to trial. It'll be "Here, take this and go away". Then we'll get it in the end as they will claim a tax write off in some form and us, the taxpayers, will have it.
skuttlerats
Jeffrey Babey 2
He didn't sound sane to me when I first heard this story. Hopefully he gets the help he needs.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 1
Sad. But life wasn't intended to be all good or fair. If bad didn't happen you wouldn't appreciate good. Happy is a state of mind, not a career or anything else. Hope he can find happy.
mjl1966
mike lawrence 1
Has anyone looked into hypoxia or some chemical inducement here? Sounds like a very temporary state of mind.
linbb
Boyd Butler 1
Am quite sure that he feels very bad and to sue him is not right as anyone can slip at any time without any warning happesn every day somewhere we just dont always hear about it. I feel very sorry for any of his family and friends I do hope that they stick by him as now is when he needs them the most. The people sueing him are the joke of the year and should be the butt of all jokes made about it.
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 1
Did you put yours in?
preacher1
preacher1 1
Dang Phil. That's cold.LOL
preacher1
preacher1 1
Well, under the federal law he will be in jail til trial, which is about a month away, but by the ruling that he was insane at time of the happening, will be a good defense on the charges. I think most of those lawsuits are/or will be against Jet Blue, cause that's where the deep pockets are. You are very correct about family standing by him. Even if exonerated of all charges, it is highly doubtful JetBlue or any other major carrier will pick him up and times will be very hard.
That said, there needs to be a detailed investigation of what brought him to the brink in the 1st place. A big part of that is a major part of the flight physical anyway
preacher1
preacher1 1
I don't know if they have looked specifically at Hypoxia or not, but to the best of my knowledge they have looked at about any possible medical condition that might have figured in. AC was not on oxygen and all was normal in that regard so I doubt that would have been considered anyway. Whatever it it was, it is sad, as you don't make Captain overnight and even if he beats the charges,which he probably will now with the insanity ruling, his flying days are probably over.
spatr
spatr 1
unfortunately, acute medical conditions are rarely spotted during routine physicals unless they happen to be presenting at the time. Even a clean EKG is only good for the time we are in our doctors office, plenty of class 1 medical holders have heart attacks. As far as Clayton's incident goes, something caused him to snap and has since subsided. There are many theories as to why he snapped, fatigue, diet drinks, etc. The defense will contend that he is of no further danger and that he will be no harm to anyone if released, if the judge agrees then Clayton goes home.
linbb
Boyd Butler 1
They will make an example out of him somehow.
preacher1
preacher1 1
You are quite correct about the medical and waivers granted on some of them based on an individual's judgement. As I said, he'll probably get off of the charges. As Boyd said, his hard times will just start then. Sad part is, like any career field, one mistake and you lose it all. Not many 2nd chances around
preacher1
preacher1 1
From what I've heard, DAL ain't that bad but be glad you got out when you did. To me, on the outside looking in on some of that, NWA was always on heckuva airline and could beat DAL or any of the legacies in service when it was having a bad day.Sems to me all their troubles started when the started buying AB'. LOL
preacher1
preacher1 1
Well, it will be interesting to see what the FAA does when the court gets thru.
preacher1
preacher1 1
PS: Personally, if the court clears him, the FAA ought to leave him alone but they probably won't
spatr
spatr 1
pleading not guilty by reason of insanity will end his medical holding days. The FAA may or may not violate him, but by this time it would be a moot point since his career as a pilot would be over. I agree that the feds should just drop it altogether. The main problem is that this is going to be paid for by us, in the form of medical standards overhaul.
preacher1
preacher1 1
More than likely
ciaraw89
Ciara Warren 0
(Duplicate Squawk Submitted)

Texas judge finds JetBlue pilot insane, not guilty

SAN ANTONIO — A Texas judge on Tuesday found a JetBlue pilot insane and not guilty of interfering with a flight after his bizarre behavior forced an emergency landing in March.

Clayton Osbon, 49, had been charged with interference with a flight crew and could have faced up to 20 years in prison.

Court documents show U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson in Amarillo, Texas, received a report from a psychological examination that concluded, "at the time of the commission of the offense, the defendant appeared to suffer from a severe mental disease or defect that impaired his ability to appreciate the nature, quality, or wrongfulness of his behavior."

All parties, including the prosecutors, agreed to the report.

Last month, Judge Robinson declared Osbon fit to stand trial, saying he was "not now suffering from a mental disease or defect" that would make it impossible for him to assist in his own defense.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48064941/