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An Amarillo federal judge found former JetBlue captain Clayton F. Osbon not guilty by reason of insanity during a bench trial Tuesday. Osbon will be sent again to a federal mental health facility in Fort Worth for further examination until another hearing on or before Aug. 6, U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson said.
On a March 27 flight, co-pilot Jason Dowd diverted the flight to Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport after Osbon became incoherent, racing inside the cabin, yelling about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and pounding on the cockpit door, according to federal court records and passengers. The plane was en route to Las Vegas from New York, and nobody was injured.
An April indictment from a Lubbock grand jury alleged Osbon “moved through the aircraft and was disruptive and had to be subdued and forcibly restrained from re- entering the cockpit.”
Originally posted by type0civ
I have not researched this extensively, however, I'm willing to lay money on him being on some type of anti-depressant. I believe a pilot may obtain a waiver if taking such meds but you would have to read the current policies.
I think the poor guy just lost it
But since the insanity defense is utilized almost exclusively in murder cases (it is extremely rare in any other type of offense), the publicity it receives is far out of proportion to its use. It has become part of the promotional apparatus of high profile criminal cases in modern times.
Successful NGRI defenses are rare. While rates vary from state to state, on average less than one defendant in 100—0.85 percent— actually raises the insanity defense nationwide. Interestingly, states with higher rates of NGRI defenses tend to have lower success rates for NGRI defenses; the percentage of all defendants found NGRI is fairly constant, at around 0.26 percent.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
Changes in altitude can affect the brain over time. Most people it won't affect in any way, but some people with a preexisting condition can be affected, but it can take time for it to show up. Or if he had some kind of infection, like meningitis (obviously he doesn't or they would have found it), then the altitude would have really messed with his head.