Friday, April 3, 2009

News: Tunisian Pilot Begins Praying as his Plane Goes Down

A Tunisian pilot began praying as his plane encountered troubles and went down off the coast of Sicily. Hmmm praying to Allah for help in an air disaster... I don't really associate Allah with air safety, but no matter. The Italians have jailed this twat, thankfully.

A pilot accused of praying when he should have been taking emergency measures to avoid a crash in which 16 people died has been sentenced to 10 years in jail by an Italian court.

Captain Chafik Gharby was at the controls of a plane belonging to the Tunisian charter airline Tuninter that crashed in the sea off the coast of Sicily four years ago. The 23 survivors were left swimming for their lives, some clinging to a piece of the fuselage that stayed afloat after the turbo-prop aircraft broke up on impact.

Gharby was at first hailed as a hero for having saved the lives of most of the passengers. But after an investigation, he, his co-pilot, and several Tuninter executives and technicians were charged with a range of offences including manslaughter

There we have it. Don't try to save the plane, ask Allah to save the plane. I can imagine many religious people who would be struggling away to save a crashing plane, it takes a staggering level of religiosity to actually pray while a plane is crashing when you could actively be doing something about it.