Monday, June 13, 2005

Another reason to keep Amtrak running

The recent fatal airplane crash in Missouri was caused by bored pilots looking for a little fun, according tothe AP report in The Washington Times:

"David Stempler, president of the Air Travelers Association, said the issue may be reckless pilots rather than inadequate training or improper recovery procedures.

'This is more a story of pilots having time on their hands and playing with things in the cockpit that they shouldn't,' he said.

Flying, he said, is as boring as truck driving most of the time.

'This was boredom and experimentation, these guys experimenting with things they had no business doing,' Stempler said."

At least when a train engineer gets bored, it's a lot harder for him to steer off-course. Really, really hard.

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