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jetblue JetBlue Pilot Plans Insanity Defense In Flight Disruption

Emergency workers stand around the pilot of a JetBlue plane who was removed from his flight due to a medical issue. (Photo credit Steve Miller/The Reporter's Edge)

AMARILLO (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – A JetBlue Airways captain accused of disrupting a flight when he left the cockpit screaming about religion and terrorists plans to use an insanity defense at trial.

An attorney for Clayton F. Osbon filed a motion Wednesday outlining plans to argue Osbon was insane at the time of the incident on the March 27 flight from New York to Las Vegas.

Osbon remains jailed in Texas awaiting a court-ordered psychiatric exam to determine his competency for trial and whether he was legally sane when witnesses say he left the cockpit and ran screaming through the plane’s cabin.

Passengers wrestled him to the floor as the plane flew over Texas and he was subdued until an emergency landing in Amarillo.

Prosecutor Christy Drake declined to comment on the filing Wednesday.

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