posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 08:13 AM
Ok, this is going a little too far. In August 2005 a Tuninter ATR-72 flying from Bari to Djerba lost both engines due to fuel starvation, after an
improper fuel load was put on the aircraft. The fuel gauge was replaced with one from an ATR-42, instead of a -72. It read almost 4000 pounds high.
The aircraft landed in Bari with 672 pounds of fuel, but read just over 5000 pounds, so a fuel load of just 584 pounds was loaded. There SHOULD have
been a low fuel warning when the aircraft landed in Bari, but the warning relied on the fuel gauge to activate the warning.
During the flight, the aircraft ran out of fuel and ditched near some ships, killing 16 of the 35 passengers and crew. Both pilots survived.
Today Italian courts sentenced both pilots to 10 years in prison, and 6 others to between 6 and 10 years in prison. The courts said that the pilots
paused to pray out loud instead of performing their checklists or trying to reach the nearest airport. At the time of the crash they were EIGHTEEN
off the Italian coast, and both engines had stopped functioning. The right engine stopped first, followed thereafter by the left.
The aircraft was at 23,000 feet when the right engine failed, the left at 7,000 feet. The aircraft glided 16 minutes before impact. The crew made
the decision to ditch near some ships that were in the area.
If you read the transcripts, you will see that the pilots WERE performing their checklists, at times saying things to the effect of "God help us"
while they were working to save the aircraft. What pilot WOULDN'T be praying for help while they were gliding towards the ocean. None of the
accused were even in court for the proceedings.
[edit on 3/25/2009 by Zaphod58]