A JetBlue pilot started behaving erratically during a flight that was heading from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Las Vegas but was diverted to Texas.
The airliner, in a statement, said the pilot was involved in a “medical situation” and was subdued. “The crewmember was removed from the aircraft and taken to a local medical facility,” the statement read.
A witness told a local CBS affiliate in Amarillo that the pilot started running down the aisle screaming after he was locked out of the cockpit, saying “let me in.” A flight attendant then said, “Restrain him” on the intercom.
He was then tackled by several passengers and they kept him pinned down until the plane reached Amarillo.
“He picked the wrong plane. Huge guys just tackled him. The response was Olympics kind of stuff,” a passenger told the station.
After the plane landed, officers removed the pilot from the plane. The JetBlue passengers were eventually put on another plane to Las Vegas.