A JetBlue flight captain went berserk mid-flight today and had to be restrained by passengers as the plane made an emergency landing.
The man screamed 'say your prayers, say your prayers' at horrified passengers after running up and down the aisle shouting 'Iraq, al-Qaeda, terrorism, we're all going down.'
The captain of flight 191 from JFK to Las Vegas went 'crazy' passengers said after he went to the toilet and returned to find that he had been locked out of the cockpit by his co-pilot.
Passengers told local media that the captain had behaved oddly after going to the toilet, randomly talking with passengers on his way back to the cockpit.
When he went back to the cock pit and realized he had been locked out, a passenger said the pilot began screaming 'let me in' and acting erratically.
He had started 'shouting, 'Iraq, al-Qaeda, terrorism, we're all going down.' It seemed like he went crazy,' New Yorker Gabriel Schonzeit, who was seated in the third row, told USA Today.
Grant Heppes, a 22-year-old passenger also from New York said that the man was wearing a JetBlue uniform, and that he started to become disruptive when he was barred from getting back inside the cockpit..
One passenger told Fox 5 News the pilot was in the cabin trying to storm the cockpit.
'I saw a guy wearing a pilot's uniform run down the aisle screaming and yelling and banging on the cockpit door to let him in," the witness said.
The witness, Fox 5 News reports, said the man was screaming, "Say your prayers! Say your prayers!'
Heidi Karg, another passenger on the flight, told CNN that the man was desperately trying to get into the cockpit, shouting 'I need the code, gimme the code, I need to get in there.'
A flight attendant quickly got onto the intercom and called on passengers to 'restrain him'.
Four passengers, including a retired NYPD sergeant jumped up and held the man down, Fox 5 reported.
The flight had been packed with heavily built men heading to the 2012 International Security Conference in Las Vegas held for professionals working in ‘law enforcement, border protection and campus security’.
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One passenger said a former prison security guard grabbed the captain by the neck and choked him until he collapsed, according to the Globe-News.
One witness told CBS: 'He picked the wrong plane. Huge guys just tackled him. The response was Olympics kind of stuff.'
'Someone next to me said he was saying something about bombs,' passenger Tiffany Lee, a 26-year-old Las Vegas resident told the Post.
'It was so scary. People around me were freaking out a little bit. The girl next to me was saying, ‘Oh my god, what If I never talk to my fiancé again?’
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