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JetBlue Sued Over Pilot’s Bomb Threat

June 13, 2012

A lawsuit was filed against JetBlue on Tuesday by ten passengers who were aboard a flight from New York to Las Vegas when the pilot began yelling about terrorist threats, according to court documents.

The suit, filed in New York, alleges that JetBlue acted negligently when it permitted Capt. Clayton Osbon to pilot the plane in March.

During the flight, Osbon began running through the cabin, screaming about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In the lawsuit, Osbon is quoted as yelling, “Say your prayers … We’re going down …There’s a bomb on board .. .The plane will never make it to Vegas.”

Members of the flight crew and several passengers had to subdue the pilot while the flight was diverted to Amarillo, Texas. Osbon faces federal charges for interfering with a flight crew and attempting to use an aircraft as a weapon.

The defendants allege that JetBlue knew or should have known that Osbon was unfit to fly the plane.

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