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SMSes distract Jetstar pilot from lowering wheels

April 21, 2012 - 1:24am

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PHOTO: JETSTAR

A COMBINATION of incoming SMSes on a Jetstar captain’s mobile phone and a fatigued co-pilot nearly led to disaster at Changi airport.

The pilots, who together have over 17,000 hours of flying experience, had neglected to bring down the landing wheel as they attempted to land.

This shocking incident was detailed in a report released by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) on Thursday.

The incident happened on May 27, 2010 at about 7pm.

Flight JQ57 was just 120m above the ground when the pilots aborted the landing.

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So it is OK to send and receive SMS in the cockpit while the plane is flying??

They are ordering all PAYING passengers not to do this and that but they themselves are not following what they ordered and GETTING PAID!!!

The police should jail these two clowns for 5 years or more so that all other pilots behave themselves while they are flying the plane!

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