Texting Pilot Narrowly Escapes Major Plane Crash

plane landingSo, there's good news and bad news. The good news is it seems like we're making headway with this whole texting and driving thing. Millions of dollars have been poured into this campaign, and what with Oprah backing it, people are bound to heed the message. The bad news is people are now texting and flying. Well, not just any ol' people. Pilots. Pilots are texting and flying.

The incident actually happened last May on a flight from Australia to Singapore, but the story's just been revealed now. Apparently, a Jetstar plane had to abort a landing at the last minute because the wheels of the plane weren't yet lowered. And the reason the wheels of the plane weren't yet lowered is because the captain of the flight was too busy texting to get caught up in all that nonsense.

Doesn't flying get more comforting by the minute?


The co-pilot of the plane allegedly saw him "preoccupied with his mobile phone" and claims that he didn't answer his requests twice. The pilot says he had forgotten to turn off his phone and was just trying to unlock it so he could do so. Sure.

People. Enough with the g.d. cell phones! By no means do I think I'm a more evolved person than, well, most, but I really don't/can't/won't understand how hard it is to not text in certain situations. Like when you're supposed to be landing a plane. Christ. Just turn the phone off -- or put it as far away from you as possible -- when you're driving/flying/at the movies/on a first date, etc. It's really a very easy problem. People could have died here -- they do die from texting. And it doesn't have to be that way, because it's 100 percent totally avoidable. Dang.

Do you text and drive ever?

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