JetBlue pilot suffers meltdown on board, restrained by passengers

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By Alysha Bohanon

A JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas was diverted to Amarillo, Texas, on Tuesday after the captain "exhibited erratic behavior" and was wrestled to the ground by passengers, news sources report.

The captain began to act strangely during the flight, which concerned the plane's co-pilot. The co-pilot locked the captain out of the cockpit during the flight, CNN reported.

"The pilot ran to the cockpit door, began banging on it and said something to the effect of, 'We've gotta pull the throttle back. We've gotta get this plane down,'" passenger Laurie Dhue told CNN.

The pilot began shouting, "'Iraq, al-Qaeda, terrorism, we're all going down.' It seemed like he went crazy," passenger Gabriel Schonzeit told the USA Today.

"At that point, the two flight attendants tried to subdue him, and then seemingly out of nowhere, about six or seven large guys stormed to the front of the plane and wrestled the captain of the plane down to the ground and had him subdued in a matter of moments. It was really like something out of a movie," Dhue told CNN.

The flight had the "burly" men on board because it was taking passengers to Las Vegas for a security convention, according to the USA Today.

The incident happened on Flight 191 to New York, which had 135 passengers on board, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Following the "medical situation" with the captain, another captain who was traveling off-duty helped the co-pilot land the plane, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The captain was removed from the plane and taken to the hospital after landing in Texas. JetBlue sent out a new plan and crew to bring the passengers to Las Vegas, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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