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JetBlue co-pilot, unlikely hero, instant celebrity
JetBlue co-pilot yet to come forward, but he's likely to deal with both sides of newfound fame
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' Friends and relatives of the co-pilot of JetBlue Airways flight 191 say he doesn't want to be considered a hero ' but that's exactly what many are calling him.

Pilots train for a range of in-flight mishaps including sick passengers, emergency landings and terrorist attacks. But Jason Dowd faced the rarest of scenarios: deciding whether to lock his incapacitated captain out of the cockpit and make an emergency landing after Clayton Osbon became unruly Tuesday.

Dowd is staying out of the public eye for now, but a wave of overnight fame likely awaits. JetBlue says the decision on whether to go public is up to him.

His mother-in-law Ruth Ann Kostal said Thursday that Dowd doesn't think he's a hero, but she's not surprised he acted cool under pressure.

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