JetBlue captain disturbs Flight 191 from New York to Las Vegas, forced landing in Amarillo, Texas


AMARILLO, Texas (AP) -- A passenger on a JetBlue flight bound for Las Vegas that landed unexpectedly in Texas says a man she thinks was the captain was yelling about a bomb.

Heidi Karg told CNN there was a lot of commotion and that she heard him shout the word "bomb."

JetBlue Airways says the captain of Flight 191 from New York was taken ill and that the pilot in command elected to land in Amarillo about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

JetBlue says an off-duty captain and passenger went to the flight deck and took over the duties of the ill captain "once on the ground."

JetBlue says the ill captain was taken to a medical facility.

The airline says the passengers are awaiting another plane to take them on to their destination.

Unverified YouTube video of Flight 191, bitly link:


Tuesday afternoon JetBlue released this statement on its blog:

Flight 191 departed New York's JFK airport at 7:28 am ET (was scheduled to depart 6:55 am ET). At roughly 10 am CT/11 am ET, the pilot in command elected to divert to Amarillo, TX for 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 crewmember once on the ground. The aircraft arrived Amarillo at 10:11 am CT, and the crewmember was removed from the aircraft and taken to a local medical facility.

Customers have safely deplaned and we're sending a new aircraft and crew to Amarillo to continue the flight to Las Vegas.