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JetBlue pilot indicted for disrupting flight

A JetBlue Airways captain whose midair meltdown last month forced his co-pilot to lock him out of the cockpit has been indicted.

Court documents posted Thursday show Clayton F. Osbon, 49, has been indicted on one count of interference of a flight crew, the Associated Press reports. It's the same charge he's been held on since shortly after the March 27 incident.

Osbon “moved through the aircraft and was disruptive and had to be subdued and forcibly restrained from re-entering the cockpit,” the Amarillo Globe-News reports, citing the indictment. If convicted, Osbon could face 20 years in prison.

A secretary for Osbon's attorney, Dean Roper, told the Associated Press that the Roper declined to comment. 

Osbon currently is undergoing a court-ordered psychiatric exam to determine whether he was legally sane when passengers wrestled him to the floor after witnesses said he ran through the cabin yelling about terrorists. It also will determine whether Osbon is fit to stand trial. 

The JetBlue pilot who suffered an apparent mid-flight meltdown is out of the hospital and in jail after making his first appearance in federal court. NBC's Gabe Gutierrez reports.

A federal criminal complaint against Obson filed March 28 states that he mentioned “being evaluated by someone” to the first officer, talked about his church and needing to “focus.” He asked the first officer to take the controls as he made incoherent comments about religion and then said, “things just don’t matter.”

The first officer, Jason Dowd, safely landed Flight 191 in Amarillo, Texas, after passengers helped subdue Osbon.   

After the incident, passenger Tony Antolino praised the co-pilot in an interview on TODAY. "He had the instincts to recognize that something was going horribly wrong in the cockpit."

Flight 191 originated in New York and was carrying 141 passengers and crew members onboard.

Connye Osbon, Clayton's wife, said in a statement thanking the crew and passengers on April 1 that the family would not be granting interviews or making further comments about the incident.

JetBlue told msnbc.com that it is referring all questions regarding Osbon’s indictment to the FBI.

Information from the Associated Press was included in this report.

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