Prosecutors seek psych exam for JetBlue pilot

April 4, 2012 - 6:05 PM

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a psychiatric exam for the JetBlue Airways pilot accused of interfering with a flight crew when he disrupted a Las Vegas-bound flight after he left the cockpit and screamed about religion and terrorists.

The order signed by a federal judge in Amarillo, Texas, on Wednesday will send Clayton Osbon to a medical facility for federal prisoners for tests to determine if he was legally sane on March 27. That's when passengers wrestled Osbon to the floor after witnesses said he ran through the cabin yelling about Jesus and al-Qaida.

The exam also will determine if he's competent to stand trial.

The prosecution's motion filed Wednesday comes the day Osbon's attorney asked another judge to reschedule a Thursday detention hearing. The hearing will be Monday.