March 27th, 2009 10:56 EST
Pilot Prays Instead Of Taking Emergency Measures: 16 People Die
There may be a time to take a few moments to pray for divine guidance and inspiration, but this pilot obviously chose the wrong time.
"PALERMO - A Tunisian pilot who paused to pray instead of taking emergency measures before crash-landing his plane, killing 16 people, has been sentenced to 10 years in jail by an Italian court along with his co-pilot.
The 2005 crash at sea off of Sicily left survivors swimming for their lives, some clinging to a piece of the fuselage that remained floating after the ATR turbo-prop aircraft splintered upon impact." Reuters
The pilot should have relied on his training and common sense, instead of appealing to a deity who isn`t a pilot or a mechanic.
Sixteen people died because a religious fanatic prayed in desperation, instead of taking the bull by the horns.
The pilot should have been executed or at least sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. Society must send a clear message that we will not tolerate religious superstition from professionals, especially when lives are hanging in the balance.
If a person of faith wants to pray in private for guidance, inspiration or to attain a sense of peace that`s fine, but don`t freaking pray when the situation demands action.
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