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Feds charge captain in JetBlue outburst

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A JetBlue Airlines captain whose mid-air outburst forced a Las Vegas-bound flight to make an emergency landing was charged Wednesday with interfering with a flight crew.

Meanwhile, in a post on its official blog, the airline refused to speculate on what would have happened had Capt. Clayton Osbon remained in command of Flight 191.

One day later, Osbon's erratic behavior and the actions of the crew and passengers were still the talk of the nation, with the airline facing questions about the health of its pilots and Osbon's motives.

"We think it would be inappropriate to speculate on what might have happened," the airline wrote on its blog.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has said terrorism did not play a role in the incident, according to JetBlue.

Then what led to Osbon's ejection from the cockpit and his subsequent outburst, including claims the plane was going to crash and rants about Iran and Israel?

"We're not privy to that information – but hope and trust he is getting the care he needs and we are offering our support to him and his family," the airline said.

In documents obtained by the Associated Press, Osbon was quoted telling co-pilots that "things don't matter" and "we're not going to Vegas."

Osbon -- a JetBlue pilot since 2000 – has been suspended. The airline said it had also given the crew time off.

As for the passengers, who arrived in Las Vegas 13 hours after departing New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, JetBlue offered its thanks and apologized for the incident.

"What the customers did to help our in flight crew was amazing," the airline said.

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