Is Your Pilot Religious?

Then you better hope they don’t have an emergency.

On 6 August 2005 a twin-engined Tuninter ATR-72 turboprop aeroplane was flying from the Italian city of Bari to the Tunisian island of Djerba , when it ran out of fuel. from BBC News

Unfortunately the pilot decided to pray instead of carrying out emergency procedures, and then crashed the plane “in the Mediterranean instead of trying to reach the nearest airport”. Killing 16 people on-board. Obviously his prayers went unnoticed.

It was reported yesterday that the pilot,  Chafik Garbi, has been convicted of manslaughter and jailed for 10 years.

I wonder if he prayed to be found not-guilty? Guess if he did, those prayers went unanswered as well.

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5 responses to “Is Your Pilot Religious?

  1. Unbelievable. Reminds me of a quote I heard from Fiery and Sean the Blogonaut, Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer. …
    I wish he had tried to save them all. So sad!

  2. James

    I’m not a huge fan of religion either, but obviously this guy is an idiot.

    I wonder if he’s ever heard the now-famous drowning man joke. I guess not.

  3. the chaplain

    I’m not sure that he “decided” to pray instead of acting. It may be that he panicked and automatically launched his habitual panic tactic. It doesn’t matter either way, though, the tactic is just as useless whether it’s selected or conditioned.

  4. but.. but.. but.. believing in irrational things is good for people to do!

  5. Something tells me that this story is not going to get much media coverage, and that Christians will largely remain unaware of it. And for the few who do learn of it, I think we can all predict their response.

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