Authorities have brought federal charges against JetBlue pilot, Captain Clayton Osbon, 49, subsequent to his apparent break with reality while piloting a flight from New York to Las Vegas.
Osborn has been formally charged with interfering with a flight crew. JetBlue Airways has also suspended Osbon, a 12-year employee with the airline. The federal criminal complaint t, which can be read below, charges Osbon with violating 49 U.S.C. Section 46504. The statute makes it a federal crime to assault, intimidate, or otherwise disrupt any flight crew member from performing their duties. If convicted, he can could face a fine up to $250,000, imprisonment for 20 years, or both. If found to have used a deadly weapon against the JetBlue crew, he could also get life in prison.