NEW YORK (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A JetBlue Airways pilot who scared passengers by yelling about Jesus and al-Qaida in 2012 has sued the airline for $16 million, saying it jeopardized the flight by failing to recognize he was ill.READ MORE: North Texas Law Enforcement Disappointed In Gov. Abbott's Veto Of Domestic Violence Education Bill
Clayton Osbon filed the lawsuit Friday in Manhattan federal court.
No one was seriously injured on the March 27, 2012 flight from New York to Las Vegas when Osbon was restrained after running through the cabin shouting irrationally.
A federal government official told CBS News Osbon became incoherent, which caused the co-pilot to become concerned. According to the official, the co-pilot convinced Osbon to leave the cockpit and then locked him out.
The lawsuit came the same week European prosecutors said a Germanwings co-pilot crashed an Airbus A320 commercial flight into a mountainside in the French Alps, killing 150 people. That crash has drawn scrutiny to procedures in place to protect flights when pilots are disabled.READ MORE: Dallas County DA Reverses Plans To Seek Death Penalty For Alleged Serial Killer Billy Chemirmir
On the JetBlue flight, witnesses say the captain exhibited odd behavior, randomly striking up conversations with passengers on his way back to the cockpit. Then when he realized he was locked out, a passenger says Osbon began screaming “let me in” and acting erratically.
This YouTube video was allegedly taken by a passenger on the flight:
JetBlue flight 191 made an emergency landing in Amarillo. The lawsuit said Osbon’s behavior resulted from seizures. The lawsuit accused JetBlue of ignoring warning signs Osbon was not well before the plane took off.
In a statement Friday, JetBlue praised the “heroic actions of the crew,” saying ongoing litigation prevents it from commenting further.MORE NEWS: 'New Personnel & Procedures, Insufficient Oversight' Led To Texas Execution Without Media Present
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