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TSA: Southwest Airlines Pilot Caught with Loaded Gun in Carry-on Bag

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A pilot for Southwest Airlines was arrested Monday after security at Albany International Airport said they found a loaded handgun in his carry-on bag.

The TSA said Erick Gibson, 55, of New Orleans, was charged with a misdemeanor count of possessing a weapon.

The .380-caliber handgun, which was loaded with six bullets, was spotted at a security checkpoint.

The TSA said Gibson was released on $200 bail, and the flight to Chicago was delayed by four hours.

It wasn’t immediately clear why Gibson had the gun.

Cleveland Browns Owner Apologized to Fans for Federal Probe of Truck Company

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As the FBI continues to investigate fraud inside his truck-stop company, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam told fans he was embarrassed and planned to return glory to the football team, Sports Illustrated reports.

Speaking at the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the National Football Foundation’s annual scholar-athlete banquet, Haslam expressed regrets over his legal troubles.

“I apologize to the city of Cleveland, Northeastern Ohio and all Browns fans because the last thing we ever wanted to do as a new owner was detract from football and the Browns and just what a great football area this is, and so I apologize for that,” Haslam said.

“We feel badly about it and we’re very comfortable we’ll work through this situation.”

Agents raided Pilot’s headquarters in Tennessee on April 16, alleging that members of the sales team boosted profits by deliberately withholding rebates, Sports Illustrated wrote.

JetBlue Pilot Goes Bonkers; Charged With Interfering With Flight Crew

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Most often when someone on the plane has lost it, it’s a passenger. But this time was different.

JetBlue Pilot Clayton Frederick Osbon, 49, went a little off the deep end, yelling things about Jesus and Sept. 11. and terrorists. He was charged on Wednesday in federal court in the Northern District of Texas with interference with a flight crew.

According to the affidavit filed with the complaint, Osbon, a pilot on JetBlue Flight 191 from New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport to Las Vegas, arrived at JFK on Tuesday later than he should have for the flight and missed the crew briefing.

As the plane was leaving JFK and climbing in altitude in its scheduled five-hour flight, Osbon said something to the first officer (FO) about being evaluated by someone, but the first officer didn’t know what he meant, authorities said.

Osbon then talked about his church and the need to “focus” and asked the first officer to take controls and work the radios. Osbon began talking about religion, but, according to the first officer,his statements were not coherent, authorities said.

The affidavit goes on to say that the first officer became concerned when Osbon said “things just don’t matter.”

According to the first officer, Osbon yelled over the radio to air traffic control and instructed them to be quiet.

Osbon turned off the radios in the aircraft, dimmed his monitors and sternly admonished the first officer for trying to talk on the radio.

When Osbon said “we need to take a leap of faith,” the first officer stated that he became very worried.

Osbon told the FO that “we’re not going to Vegas,” and began giving what the FO described as a sermon.

The affidavit states that the  first officer suggested to Osbon that they invite the off-duty JetBlue captain who was on board the flight into the cockpit. But Osbon abruptly left the cockpit to go to the lavatory, alarming the rest of the flight crew when he didn’t follow the company’s protocol for leaving the cockpit.

When flight attendants met Osbon and asked him what was wrong, he became aggressive and banged on the door of the occupied lavatory, saying he needed to get inside, authorities said.

While Osbon was in the lavatory, at the request of the first officer,  a flight attendant brought the off-duty captain to the cockpit where he assisted the first officer with the remainder of the flight.

When Osbon exited the lavatory, he walked to the rear of the aircraft, but along the way stopped and asked a male passenger if he had a problem. Osbon then sprinted back to the forward galley and tried to enter his code to re-enter the cockpit, the first officer announced on the public address system,  an order to restrain Osbon.

Several passengers assisted and brought Osbon down in the forward galley, where he continued to yell comments about Jesus, Sept. 11, Iraq, Iran and terrorists.

The first officer then declared an emergency and diverted the aircraft to Amarillo, Tex. , landing with passengers still restraining Osbon in the galley. Osbon was removed from the aircraft and taken to a facility in the Northwest Texas Healthcare System in Amarillo for medical evaluation, where he remains.

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Fed Grand Jury Indicts Investor For Crashing Plane and Faking Death

This, fair to say, is not your typical federal crime. But it may not be so far fetched to say it would make a good movie. Or maybe a great one.

By Associated Press
PENSACOLA, Fla. — A federal grand jury indicted an Indiana investment adviser Tuesday on charges of deliberately crashing his small airplane in the Florida Panhandle to try to fake his own death as part of a plan to escape financial ruin.
Authorities say Marcus Schrenker, 38, an amateur daredevil pilot and businessman, secretly parachuted to the ground before the crash and sped away on a motorcycle he had stashed away in central Alabama.
A three-day search came to an end on Jan. 13, when authorities finally caught up to Schrenker at a campground near Tallahassee, where they say he tried to take his own life by slashing one of his wrists.
The grand jury also charged him Tuesday with making a fake distress call and he remained jailed after spending a few days in the hospital being treated for his injuries.
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