JetBlue co-pilot being hailed as hero

JetBlue co-pilot being hailed as hero

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Mar 30, 2012 at 8:45 AM PDT
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File photo of pilot Clayton Osbon being removed from a JetBlue passenger jet in Amarillo

The JetBlue co-pilot who had to oust the captain of the flight from the cockpit due to his strange behavior is being hailed as a hero

It was the quick wits of Jason Dowd, the co-pilot of JetBlue Flight 191, which saved the lives of so many passengers and now he is being rightly hailed as a hero.

Just last week, the captain of the JetBlue Flight 191, Clayton Osbon, suffered a mental breakdown during the middle of the flight and started acting strangely. If it had not been for the quick decision making of co-pilot Jason Dowd, there might have been devastating consequences.

According to reports, Jason Dowd noticed the strange behavior for the first time when during the flight, Clayton Osbon, said to him, "We need to take a leap of faith." He got really worried at that time and suggested that they invite to the cockpit, the off-duty JetBlue captain, who was flying as a passenger on the same flight. Instead of agreeing to the suggestion, Osbon said to Dowd, "Things just don't matter," and then started sprinting down the center aisle, yelling senseless words and remarking about 9/11, Iran, Afghanistan and terrorist groups.

Jason Dowd then had to make a decision to act at that moment, because his instincts told him that things might go terribly wrong if he didn't. He then locked Clayton Osbon outside the cockpit and made a decision to make an emergency landing at Amarillo, Texas. Dowd had the assistance of the off-duty pilot and both of them maintained their nerves while Osbon banged on the cockpit door. Clayton Osbon had to be held down by passengers till the time the plane landed safely.

Even though it is being speculated that Osbon had a panic attack, he is being charged with interfering with a flight crew and, if convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

Jason Dowd is a native of Ohio and lives in his hometown of Salem. After becoming a hero overnight, he is trying to remain out of the limelight as much as possible and has made no public appearance since the time of the incident.

"Knowing my son, he would think that he's not a hero. He just did what he was paid to do," Dowd's mother, Jean Beatrice Dowd, told reporters.

"That's just his job, and he loves his job. He's just a quiet man."

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A JetBlue pilot is removed from the plane after erratic behavior forced the crew to land in Amarillo Texas
A JetBlue pilot is removed from the plane after erratic behavior forced the crew to land in Amarillo Texas
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