JetBlue pilot appears in court after hospital release

Capt. Clayton Osbon, the JetBlue pilot who experienced a breakdown in midflight last week and had to be subdued by passengers, has been released from the hospital and will appear in federal court Monday, according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

Osbon left the Pavilion at Amarillo’s Northwest Texas Healthcare System in handcuffs at 7:30 a.m CT, reported the paper.

Flight 191 was scheduled from John F. Kennedy Airport to Las Vegas, but was diverted to Amarillo, Texas, on Tuesday. JetBlue suspended Osbon last week following the incident. He is charged with interfering with a flight crew and, if convicted, could face 20 years in prison.

Osbon’s wife, Connye Osbon, said on Sunday that the pilot’s family is focused on his recovery. She asked the media for privacy and said the family would not be granting interviews or making further statements. She said the family appreciated the public’s concern.

“It is our belief, as Clayton’s family, that while he was clearly distressed, he was not intentionally violent toward anyone,” said a statement by Connye Osbon on behalf of the Osbon family that was released by JetBlue on Sunday. “We know you were placed in an awful situation and we appreciate your ability to respond professionally.”

JetBlue said in a blog post last week that it will not share further details about the captain’s “private life.”

Reuters contributed to this report.

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