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.This is not what you want to hear over the intercom as your plane plummets from the sky….
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".Yeah, I can see that helping. Not!
His lawyer, Francesca Coppi, said: "Faced with danger, he invoked his god as would any one of us."If you say so, Francesca!
She described her client as "a broken man" who was "convinced he did everything possible to save as many lives as possible".Apart, that is, from actually flying the damn plane!