LAS VEGAS - Screaming “They’re going to take us down!,’’ a JetBlue pilot stormed through his plane rambling about a bomb and threats from Iraq Tuesday until passengers on the Las Vegas-bound flight tackled him to the floor just outside the cockpit, passengers said.
The captain of JetBlue Airways Flight 191 from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport suffered a “medical situation’’ that forced the copilot to divert the plane to land in Amarillo, Texas, around 10 a.m., the airline said.
The unidentified pilot seemed disoriented, jittery, and constantly sipped water when he first marched through the cabin, then began to rant about threats linked to Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan, passengers said.
“They’re going to take us down. They’re taking us down. They’re going to take us down. Say the Lord’s prayer. Say the Lord’s prayer,’’ the captain screamed, according to passenger Tony Antolino.
Gabriel Schonzeit, who was sitting in the third row, said the captain said there could be a bomb on board the flight.
JetBlue said the ill captain was taken to a medical facility in Amarillo.