The father of suspended JetBlue pilot Clayton Osbon, who was restrained by passengers after going berserk on a Las Vegas-bound flight earlier this week, died in a 1995 plane crash while piloting a personal flight to Daytona Beach, Fla.
Ronald O. Osbon died after he crashed a small plane in Daytona Beach, while on a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight. His airplane was destroyed and the pilot and one passenger died from injuries after the April 14, 1995, crash, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report from the incident.
Ronald Osbon's 1995 flight originated in West Bend, Wis., near where Clayton Osbon was raised in the Milwaukee area, flew through two more stops and was fine until the flight was cleared to descend from 8,000 feet to 4,000 feet. At that point, Osbon said his right engine was "kicking in and out," according to the NTSB report.
Although he was cleared to land, Osbon radioed that "he was losing power on both engines, and was out of gas," the reports states. The plane crashed about three miles from the Daytona Beach airport.