Muslim pilot who paused to pray during crash convicted in Italian court

    A pilot who began praying instead of enacting emergency measures before a Tunisian charter flight plummeted into the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Sicily and killed 16 people, has been convicted of manslaughter. The plane’s black box showed that the Tunisian pilot, Chefik Gharbi, lost control of the situation, and began to pray after the plane experienced complications from low fuel; prosecutors contended that both the pilot and co-ilot began failed to put emergency measures in place. Gharbi was convicted in a court in Palermo, and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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