A JetBlue flight to Las Vegas was forced to make an emergency landing after its captain suffered a breakdown and reportedly began screaming about terrorism before being subdued by passengers.
The unnamed pilot was said to have been kicked out of the cockpit by his crew around three hours after Flight 191 took off from New York's John F Kennedy airport.
Witnesses said he became highly agitated and tried to access the cabin's intercom system before coming into the cabin and trying to break to into a locked toilet.
Flight attendants tried to restrain him but he broke free and tore up the aisle to the run of the plane, reportedly screaming "[Iraq[/url], [url="http://searchtopics.independent.ie/topic/Al-Qaeda"]al-Qaeda](http://searchtopics.independent.ie/topic/Iraq), terrorism, we're all going down" and "Say your prayers".
"It seemed like he went crazy," one passenger said.
The pilot, who is well over six feet tall, was jumped on by a group of up to 10 passengers, who were able to hold him down while the flight was diverted to Rick Husband [Amarillo[/url] airport in Texas. Among the passengers was a retired [url="http://searchtopics.independent.ie/topic/New_York_Police_Department"]New York Police Department](http://searchtopics.independent.ie/topic/Amarillo%2C_TX) sergeant.
An off-duty JetBlue pilot who was aboard the flight took the controls of the aircraft.
In a statement, Jet Blue said the plane was diverted due to a "a medical situation involving the captain".
"Another captain, traveling off duty, entered the flight deck prior to landing at Amarillo and took over the duties of the ill crew member once on the ground," the company said.
The FBI is investigating the incident but a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration said it seemed "more of a medical issue than a security issue".
- Raf Sanchez
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