JetBlue pilot who left cockpit found not guilty
(CBS/AP) AMARILLO, Texas - The JetBlue Airways pilot who left the cockpit during a flight and screamed about religion and terrorists was found not guilty of interfering with a flight crew, CBS affiliate KFDA reports.
An Amarillo federal judge found former Captain Clayton F. Osbon not guilty by reason of insanity during a bench trial, the station reports.
The Amarillo Globe-News reports that the court order states Osbon suffered from a "severe mental disease or defect that impaired his ability" to understand that his midair meltdown in March was wrong.
Osbon will be sent back to a federal mental health facility in Fort Worth for further examination, KFDA reports. He's expected to be brought back to Amarillo in August for another hearing where the judge will review medical recommendations relating to Osbon's eventual release.
Osbon was indicted after a March 27 incident on flight from Las Vegas to New York. Passengers say they had to wrestle him to the floor after he left the cockpit mid-flight and ran through the plane's cabin yelling about Jesus and al Qaeda.
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