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What caused a JetBlue pilot to lose control?

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AMARILLO, Texas- There are still a lot of unanswered questions as to what led JetBlue pilot Clayton Osbon to lose control.

He was a twelve year veteran of JetBlue with an impeccable record leaving the nation to wonder, how could someone with no known background of any mental disorder or illness just all of a sudden lose it? 

"He was either confused or acting psychotic," Psychiatrist Son Vi Nguyen said.

We know Osbon recently underwent a physical and psychological exam in December per standard policy.

With no indications of previous outbursts, bipolar disorder doesn't appear to be the answer.

Nguyen says perhaps it's just the stress of the job.

"You move from one city to another city, sleeping sometimes on your own bed and sleeping sometimes in a hotel," Nguyen said.

This could lead to what doctors refer to as a brief psychotic episode defined as irrational behavior usually lasting a day but no longer than a month.

This is what many are blaming for the outburst of an American Airlines flight attendant earlier this month.

A flight crew member was caught on cell phone video yelling over the PA system about a plane crash.

Remember Steven Slater?

Who could forget the JetBlue flight attendant who cursed out a passenger, pulled the emergency exit chute and slid off the plane?

While these may have just been one-time outbursts, it's still enough to bring chills to airline passengers.

We're still awaiting the results of Osbon's mental evaluation.

We'll continue to follow this story and bring you any new updates both on-air and online.