World's Dumbest Pilots
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World's Dumbest Pilots

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Most pilots are pros, but even experienced captains can slip up.

Distracted by Cars and Girls?

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Extraneous conversations are prohibited during takeoff and landings for good reason: flying is complicated. According to a transcript released by the National Transportation Safety Board, US Airways Express pilots Thomas Joseph Morrow and Robert Eugene Saltsgaver III were gabbing about Corvettes and bygone prom dates during takeoff from Charleston, WV, in early 2008. When a warning light indicated that his flaps were set wrong, Morrow aborted takeoff. According to CNN, the jet came to a halt “about 100 feet short of the edge of a steep hillside.” No one was hurt.

World's Dumbest Pilots

Distracted by Cars and Girls?

Extraneous conversations are prohibited during takeoff and landings for good reason: flying is complicated. According to a transcript released by the National Transportation Safety Board, US Airways Express pilots Thomas Joseph Morrow and Robert Eugene Saltsgaver III were gabbing about Corvettes and bygone prom dates during takeoff from Charleston, WV, in early 2008. When a warning light indicated that his flaps were set wrong, Morrow aborted takeoff. According to CNN, the jet came to a halt “about 100 feet short of the edge of a steep hillside.” No one was hurt.

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