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Pilot Who Prayed Instead of Trying to Save Crashing Plane Jailed in Italy

An Italian court has sentenced a Tunisian pilot to 10 years in prison for an incident in which 16 people were killed in a plane under his command.  The ATR flown by Tuninter (a division of Tunisair) crashed off Sicily in 2005 after the pilot, seeing an issue with a fuel gauge, decided to pray rather than following procedures to fix the problem.

He survived, so perhaps the prayers worked.

Another 5 Tuninter employees were also convicted in the incident.

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