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Landing aborted as Australian pilot was busy texting


Distracted by his mobile phone, a Jetstar pilot forgot to lower the aircraft's landing gear on approach to Singapore’s Changi Airport. He pulled up only 120 meters above the ground and landed his A320 with 220 passengers after the second approach.

­Indeed, why bother “turning off all portable electronic devices” if you are a captain? A pilot’s cellphone would never “interfere with aircraft navigation systems,” while you can also receive an “urgent” text message from your spouse asking you to get something from a Duty Free in Singapore. And who cares about all those stupid rules which forbid texting or speaking on your telephone while operating a vehicle? You are a captain – you are “in charge”.

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Comment by Powell Gammill
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But you can't have electronic components turned on and in use during takeoffs and landings because it might interfere with instruments and controls in the cockpit. 

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