Sunday, March 29, 2009

Pilot Jailed For Praying While Plane Was Crashing - UPDATED

March 27, 2009 on HBO
The Guardian:
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. Read more
UPDATE: Cockpit voice recording minutes before the crash
Thanks to Peter for the tip

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