Seen here in Frankfurt, Germany 2008.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Political Correctness May one day kill millions of Americans. We recall the 1999 EgyptAir crash which the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) determined (1) was caused by the co-pilot, Gameel Al-Batouti, deliberately crashing Flight 990 into the ocean while repeatedly calling out in Arabic, "awkalt ala Allah," (translation: "I rely on Allah").
It wasn't the first time a Muslim pilot committed suicide - less well-known is the Royal Air Maroc crash on 21 Aug 1994 where the pilot intentionally crashed the ATR-42 turboprop against a mountainside (2).
The Federal Aviation Administration has strict rules that no one with ADD, suffering mental disorders, such as depression, has substance abuse problems, or is suicidal may fly an airplane. I suggest they also forbid Muslim pilots from flying on the grounds that suicide for Muslims is not a hindrance to paradise but a passport to paradise, much in the same way that Iranian children were given Passports to Paradise to clear minefields during the Iraq/Iran War.
This may not be case of Muslim pilot suicide and of course, 99% of Muslim pilots will probably live out their lives without ever going on Jihad, but then 99% of tigers will probably live out their lives without ever mauling a human being - but that doesn't mean you should ever invite a tiger into your home. Why purposely put your life at risk - in either case?
Caption for photo: Seen here in Frankfurt, Germany (EDDF) 2008. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) also designated under a codeshare agreement as China Southern Airlines Flight CZ748) is a missing international passenger flight operated by a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft with 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board.
International Business Times, Pilot Suicide: When It's The Captain Who Crashes The Plane
Thirty minutes after takeoff from New York on a nonstop flight to Cairo, the fully loaded Boeing 767, a 300-series long-range model, dropped from 36,000 feet to 19,000 feet in half a minute, an enormously fast dive that probably made the aircraft break up in several large pieces. At 19,000 feet the Boeing disappeared from radar; its pieces then hit the Atlantic Ocean. All 217 passengers and crew died. The investigation showed that pilot Gamal al-Batouti had muttered several times an Arabic phrase often associated with the moments before death, “I rely on God,” as the autopilot was disconnected and the plane entered a steep dive. The position of the tailplanes found amid the wreckage suggested that the person seated on the left, al-Batouti, had been pushing the yoke forward to make the plane dive, while the other pilot tried to pull up.
Wikipedia, Royal Air Maroc Flight 630
Royal Air Maroc Flight 630 was a passenger flight on 21 August 1994 which crashed approximately ten minutes after takeoff from Agadir–Al Massira Airport. All 44 passengers and crew on board were killed.
The commission that investigated the crash determined that the ATR 42's autopilot was intentionally disconnected by the aircraft's pilot, 32 year old Younes Khayati, who then deliberately crashed the aircraft.