OMG! We can't imagine how scary this was, but thankfully everything turned out okay.
A JetBlue pilot lost his mind on a flight from New York to Las Vegas and threatened to blow up the plane. As a result, the aircraft was forced to land in Texas at the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport after passengers worked together to tackle the crazed man.
New York City resident Gabriel Schonzeit, who sat in the third row during the incident, told sources that the pilot emerged from the bathroom "shouting, 'Iraq, al-Qaeda, terrorism, we're all going down.' It seemed like he went crazy."
Some sources describe the pilot's meltdown as a "medical condition," while others referred to it as a "panic attack." Luckily for the civilians, the plane was "packed with burly men" heading to the 2012 International Security Conference in Las Vegas.
Conflicting reports suggest a former prison guard choked the man until he passed out, while others say it was a retired NYPD sergeant. After hitting the ground, the man was transported to a medical facility for treatment of what TSA spokesman Luis Casanova called, "more of a medical issue than a security issue at this point."
Regardless of the details, we're just happy we're not reporting another airplane-related tragedy.
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