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GARDEN CITY — Ten passengers filed a lawsuit Wednesday against JetBlue Airways, claiming they feared for their lives when a pilot had to be physically restrained after running through the cabin yelling about Jesus and al Qaeda during a New York-to-Las Vegas flight in March.
The lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court in Queens, claims the airline was “grossly negligent” in allowing Capt. Clayton Osbon to fly.
A flight attendant’s ribs were bruised as passengers tried to restrain Mr. Osbon, but no one on board was seriously hurt. The March 27 flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Amarillo, Texas.
Mr. Osbon faces a hearing Friday morning in Amarillo to determine if he is mentally competent to stand trial. He faces federal charges of interfering with a flight crew. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.
An airline spokesman did not immediately comment Wednesday on the lawsuit
According to the lawsuit and a federal indictment, witnesses on Flight 191 say Mr. Osbon ran through the cabin in a wild rant. The first officer locked him out of the cockpit and passengers wrestled Mr. Osbon to the floor.
Ford makes assembly plant home for Escape
LOUISVILLE — Ford has transformed a nearly 60-year-old assembly plant in Kentucky into the new home of the redesigned Escape, and it’s bolstered the workforce to make the small SUV.
The automaker invested $600 million to revamp its Louisville Assembly Plant. Improvements include new body, paint and trim assembly lines. The plant produced Ford Explorers from the early 1990s until 2010.
On Wednesday, the plant is celebrating the launch of the new Escape, which goes on sale this month.
The company says the plant’s hourly workforce will swell to about 4,200 once a third shift is added this fall. As a spinoff, Ford says its suppliers are adding more than 900 jobs in support of Escape production.
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