A court has ruled that the pilot who appeared to suffer a mental breakdown and had to be restrained by passengers was suffering from “severe mental disease or defect”, according to a report from the BBC.
JetBlue pilot Clayton Osbon was found not guilty of interfering with crew on a flight from New York to Las Vegas. The ruling, which found him suffering from insanity, came even though the airline records showed that there had been nothing unusual in his behaviour prior to the incident.
Flight 191 was forced to make an emergency landing after Osborn began ranting that there was a bomb on board.
Osborn will be re-evaluated before a hearing on 6th August to decide whether he should be released or sent to a mental health facility.
A JetBlue spokeswoman said the airline still employs Mr Osbon but he is on “inactive status”, adding that the company was still offering support to the pilot’s family.