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(Reuters)   Pilot who stopped to pray during a crash that killed 16 is sentenced to ten years of kneeling in jail   (reuters.com) divider line
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2009-03-25 01:11:57 AM  
Every time I encounter a traffic light that's turned yellow, I usually let go of the wheel, tromp on the gas and pray to Jeebus for salvation. I guess I shouldn't be doing that.

/But officer, haven't you seen Fireproof?
 
2009-03-25 01:17:54 AM  
Prayer: how to do nothing kill people and still think you're helping.
 
2009-03-25 01:44:41 AM  
Damn. That's just tragic in every way possible, isn't it.
 
2009-03-25 01:58:34 AM  
A Tunisian pilot ... has been sentenced to 10 years in jail by an Italian court along with his co-pilot.

Jesus?
 
2009-03-25 01:58:47 AM  
Deluded people do stupid things.

/that about cover it?
 
2009-03-25 02:11:35 AM  
"Another five employees of Tuninter, a subsidiary of Tunisair, were sentenced to between eight and nine years in jail by the court, in a verdict handed down Monday."

Awesome, that'll teach those baggage handlers to lose my luggage.
 
2009-03-25 02:28:43 AM  
Call on God, but row away from the rocks.

~Hunter S. Thompson
 
2009-03-25 02:55:41 AM  
Obviously, he was praying to the wrong god.
 
2009-03-25 03:03:29 AM  
They should have suspected he was a religious fanatic when he wasn't interested in learning how to land at flight school.

/sorry
 
2009-03-25 03:54:30 AM  

CtrlAltDelete: Damn. That's just tragic in every way possible, isn't it.


Well he WAS saved wasn't he?
 
2009-03-25 04:00:38 AM  

Last One Left: A Tunisian pilot ... has been sentenced to 10 years in jail by an Italian court along with his co-pilot.

Jesus?


keyboard.
new one.
you owe me!
 
2009-03-25 04:33:45 AM  
the fool.
how expected.

Like Jesus is going to answer a prayer request from Pilot.
 
2009-03-25 04:39:11 AM  
Yet another example of how religion farks people up.

Pro tip: If you're in a dire situation (such as an impending plane crash), praying to your god is not likely to fix the issue.
 
2009-03-25 06:12:14 AM  
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Never been more appropriate.
 
2009-03-25 06:34:56 AM  
Back when I was in flight school, I had a friend that was nearly obsessed with crash landing. Ultimately, he did have a minor crash.

Every ground school he would eventually get around to experiencing a "forced landing."

So we are getting ready for long night cross country flights and the grizzled old ex-Air Force fighter guy is wrapping up the ground school. He leans against his desk and ask if we had any questions?

My friends hand shoots up and it happens.
"What if I have to make a forced landing over the swamps?"

Grey haired guy pondered for a moment and said the following:

"Trim for best glide, go through your restart checklist.
If that doesn't work, crack the door and tighten your belts.
Turn on your landing lights, if you don't like what you see, turn them off!
But you're gonna land anyway!"

Most of us cracked up.
 
2009-03-25 06:55:31 AM  
So this pilot didn't take control of the emergency situation and he failed to land the plane safely in the water? Those facts will really Sully his reputation.
 
2009-03-25 07:17:22 AM  
From the better Guardian Article (new window)

The judges accepted the prosecution case that the pilots, instead of making a crash landing on the sea, should have been able to glide the plane to Palermo airport. Instead, Gharby was said to have panicked. In cockpit recordings entered as evidence he was heard calling for the help of "Allah and Muhammad his prophet".
 
2009-03-25 07:18:42 AM  

calbert: the fool.
how expected.

Like Jesus is going to answer a prayer request from Pilot.


Win.
 
2009-03-25 07:19:08 AM  

Last One Left: A Tunisian pilot ... has been sentenced to 10 years in jail by an Italian court along with his co-pilot.

Jesus?


He is Tunisian, so his co-pilot is probably Mohommad.
 
2009-03-25 07:20:18 AM  
A Tunisian pilot

There's yer problem. Praying to the wrong God. Amateur mistake.
 
2009-03-25 07:20:25 AM  

Fear_and_Loathing:
So we are getting ready for long night cross country flights and the grizzled old ex-Air Force fighter guy is wrapping up the school. He leans against his desk and ask if we had any questions?

My friend's hand shoots up and asks,
"What if I have to make a forced landing over the swamps?"

Grey haired guy pondered for a moment and said the following:

"
Turn on your landing lights, if you don't like what you see, turn them off!
But you're gonna land anyway!"


FTF Non pilots.
 
2009-03-25 07:21:18 AM  
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"In the unlikely event of a water landing..."

I wonder what he would have thought of a pilot praying instead of flying.
 
2009-03-25 07:22:53 AM  
Sounds to me as if 16 people didn't pray.
 
2009-03-25 07:22:56 AM  

calbert: the fool.
how expected.

Like Jesus is going to answer a prayer request from Pilot.


That one took me a second, but I grinned.
 
2009-03-25 07:23:30 AM  
well like. i guess he was a bad pilot and all but this doesn't sound like criminal actions. sounds like he was a shiatty pilot, and when things farked up he lost his cool and freaked out. ban his ass from piloting, and sue the airline for hiring his dumb ass.
 
2009-03-25 07:23:57 AM  
Yet another example of how superstition harms us.
 
2009-03-25 07:24:33 AM  
But remember kids, all cultures are equal, and everyone's opinions and actions are all equally valid, so it's not fair to single him out. Now excuse me while I go string Kwanzaa beads.

/pities the poor parent Farkers out there
//will be dead by the time the sh*t hits the real fan
///pay my mortgage!
 
2009-03-25 07:26:42 AM  
I thought he was in the middle of a flight and stopped to pray towards Mecca
 
2009-03-25 07:32:22 AM  

calbert: the fool.
how expected.

Like Jesus is going to answer a prayer request from Pilot.


Great, just laughed and woke my wife you magnificent bastard.
 
2009-03-25 07:35:16 AM  
Notice how the article bends itself anti-clockwise to avoid mentioning the religion of the pilot.

Praise Islam, religion of the violent and stupid!
 
2009-03-25 07:35:55 AM  
FTA: A fuel-gauge malfunction was partly to blame but prosecutors also said the pilot succumbed to panic, praying out loud instead of following emergency procedures and then opting to crash-land the plane instead trying to reach a nearby airport.

Seems he's being convicted for more than just stopping to pray.
 
2009-03-25 07:38:14 AM  

Swampthing in Korea: Notice how the article bends itself anti-clockwise to avoid mentioning the religion of the pilot.

Praise Islam, religion of the violent and stupid!


Seriously, if he had prayed to Mercury, there wouldn't have been a problem.

/Gives you wings.
 
2009-03-25 07:40:39 AM  
He left a few passengers alive. That's a better batting average than the last few Allah-is-my-co-pilot ones.
 
2009-03-25 07:42:24 AM  
Where was his god then? Busy listening to his answering machine.

/obviously
 
2009-03-25 07:45:03 AM  
I guess he didn't pray hard enough.
 
2009-03-25 07:48:03 AM  

scamp-dun-emer: Where was his god then? Busy listening to his answering machine.

/obviously


Well, the involvement of God varies according to one's theological leaning.

I, for example, believe he would never crash a plane, but would delay it long enough to cause me inconvenience.
 
2009-03-25 07:48:13 AM  

calbert: the fool.
how expected.

Like Jesus is going to answer a prayer request from Pilot.


Jesus - "Ha Ha that will learn you to be unfaithful you farkin traitor".
 
2009-03-25 07:48:32 AM  
After reading the better Guardian article, it doesn't seem to me like he pointed the carpet towards Mecca and started doing that ground kissing "bow before a king" style praying. He was just heard saying "Allah and his prophet help us!" If anything he's guilty of making a poor decision to crash land into the sea rather than to try and glide the plane to a nearby airport. If I was on a plane that was about to crash you'd better believe I'd be calling on as many characters as I can think of from Mohammed to Superman to save my ass, even if I was trying to land the plane.
 
2009-03-25 07:52:15 AM  
Idiot. Sully made the river pray to *him*.
 
2009-03-25 07:52:19 AM  

sift: well like. i guess he was a bad pilot and all but this doesn't sound like criminal actions. sounds like he was a shiatty pilot, and when things farked up he lost his cool and freaked out. ban his ass from piloting, and sue the airline for hiring his dumb ass.


See: Criminal negligence.
 
2009-03-25 07:54:21 AM  

Last One Left: A Tunisian pilot ... has been sentenced to 10 years in jail by an Italian court along with his co-pilot.

Jesus?


NICE!
 
2009-03-25 07:55:44 AM  
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On the bright side, he'll have time to pray in prison; he'll even have a good reason to pray in prison.
 
2009-03-25 07:59:04 AM  

Swampthing in Korea: Notice how the article bends itself anti-clockwise to avoid mentioning the religion of the pilot.

Praise Islam, religion of the violent and stupid!


is there a religion of peaceful and smart people?

oh yea....buddhism.
 
2009-03-25 08:04:50 AM  
So is this guy like the anti-Sully? Please don't let them meet each other. I suspect that if they ever touch, the universe will violently collapse into a singularity.
 
2009-03-25 08:05:39 AM  

Nothing Sweeter Than Redneck Tears: is there a religion of peaceful and smart people?

oh yea....buddhism.


I am guessing yo have never been to a buddhist country...
 
2009-03-25 08:05:54 AM  
The intolerance and prejudice from atheists on this site astounds me. I just love how they immediately assume it was a Christian. He was from Turkey. Chances are that he was Muslim, not Christian. But go ahead and blame the Christians anyway.
 
2009-03-25 08:09:56 AM  
I just want to tell you both good luck. We're all counting on you...WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?????
 
2009-03-25 08:10:04 AM  

Mongo cut wood: The intolerance and prejudice from atheists on this site astounds me. I just love how they immediately assume it was a Christian. He was from Turkey. Chances are that he was Muslim, not Christian. But go ahead and blame the Christians anyway.


I could be wrong, but I think a large part of the joke is that a Muslim would have Jesus as his copilot.
 
2009-03-25 08:12:04 AM  

Mongo cut wood: The intolerance and prejudice from atheists on this site astounds me. I just love how they immediately assume it was a Christian. He was from Turkey. Chances are that he was Muslim, not Christian. But go ahead and blame the Christians anyway.


Pontius Pilate - get it?
 
2009-03-25 08:15:14 AM  
Swampthing, that's a special kind of bitter. Did we wait for some of the same flights?

Mongo, RTFT. It's been covered.
 
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