What was I saying about theists in foxholes?
PALERMO (Reuters) - 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.
So, yeah. The pilot of the Hudson River crash did the right thing. He acted in a crisis. Someone who actually believed the religious nonsense got a bunch of people killed. Prayer doesn't work, folks. Action does.
Incidentally, this past monday, I ran into a pilot friend of mine who had just put a plane down without landing gear. He's been flying 40 years, and this was the first incident he's ever had, by the way. His landing gear malfunctioned, and he skidded his plane to a stop on the runway, thanks to his astute judgment of the situation, corroborating evidence from the tower when he did a fly-by, and well trained reflexes when he set the plane down.
Of course, his girlfriend was also there, and she kept jabbering about the miracle that had happened. I couldn't stand it after about the fourth time, and I asked her why she was not giving her man credit for his own actions. The only miracle was the miracle of 40 years experience, lots of training, and attention to detail.
So the lesson is clear: When you're plane's about to crash, don't pray. It doesn't accomplish shit, and you might end up in jail. Do the right thing, and use your own brain and your own body, and do the best you can to stay alive.