A JetBlue flight was forced to make an emergency landing Tuesday after the pilot went ‘nuts’ and was tackled by passengers. From Steven Slater’s epic meltdown to an 11-hour tarmac wait, the airline’s wildest incidents.
It’s not like the pilot was running down the aisles screaming about al Qaeda and terrorism. Oh wait, he was. A JetBlue flight captain went “nuts,” according to a passenger’s tweet, on a Tuesday flight from New York to Las Vegas, screaming exactly what you would not want to hear when flying. The pilot was booted from the cockpit by the copilot for his incoherent blabber (which included references to Iraq and that “we’re all going down”), had a panic attack, and then pounded the door. Luckily, the plane was full of burly passengers on their way to a security conference, and a retired NYPD sergeant and several others tackled and subdued the pilot. The flight made an emergency landing in Amarillo, Texas, and he was taken away on a stretcher in handcuffs.