Passenger David Gonzalez speaks to reporters at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in Amarillo, Texas. Gonzalez has to subdue an erratic pilot. (AP/The Amarillo Globe News, Roberto Rodriguez) (Jet Blue Jet blue flight 191 passenger David Gonzalez speaks to reporters at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in Amarillo, Texas. The airline says in a statement that the pilot in command of Flight 191 from New York chose to land in Amarillo on Tuesday morning. The airline says an off-duty captain who happened to be aboard the plane took over the duties of the ill captain “once on the ground.” (AP Photo/The Amarillo Globe News, Roberto Rodriguez))

Passenger David Gonzalez takes down unruly Jet Blue pilot

The scene unfolded at a breakneck pace. Pilot Clayton Osbon stormed out of the cockpit and rushed towards an occupied bathroom. His co-pilot quickly changed the access code to the cockpit and locked him out. Osbon began banging on the door, demanding to be let back in. “Bring the throttle to idle! Bring it to idle!,” he screamed. “Bring it to idle! We’re going down, we’re all going to die! Pray to Jesus. Open this goddamn door!” Osbon then turned his attention to the emergency exit.

Passenger David Gonzalez knew he had to do something.

“I knew there were about 130 people on the plane…families, kids…and I thought, this is not going to happen on my plane,” Gonzalez told ABCNews.com.

Gonzalez, 50, confronted Osbon and the erratic pilot began talking about Iran and Iraq.

“I said, ‘I’m going to show you Iraq and Iran right now,’ and I just took him in a choke hold,” Gonzalez said. “I started to cut his windpipe off so he couldn’t get any air.”

Before Gonzalez became involved, flight attendants had trouble getting Osbon under control because he was about “6 foot 3, 6 foot 4, about 260 pounds solid as a rock,” a passenger told CBSNews.com.

Osbon, is believed to have suffered a medical emergency on flight 191 that at one point even had him shouting about a bomb being on board, according to NPR.

Gonzalez lives in the Poconos area of Pennsylvania and is a married father of five children who used to work for the New York City Department of Corrections and now works for a security and surveillance company. He was on his way to Las Vegas for an annual security show.

“It’s amazing how people thanked me,” Gonzalez said. “I don’t find myself a hero. I just couldn’t take that. I got that spark. I knew I had to get involved.”

ADRIAN CARRASQUILLO, NBC LATINO STAFF

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