Thou Shalt Fly the Fucking Plane

A quick review of NTSB accident reports indicates that most general aviation accidents are due to the pilot neglecting to follow this very simple rule due to some other emergency, real or imagined. Even if piece are falling off the aircraft, the pilot must follow this rule if he or she wishes to come down in one piece.

An alternate rule to use as the First Commandment of Piloting is:

Keep the number landings that you have made the same as the number of take-offs that you have made.

Observers of this rule have yet to suffer a fatality from air travel.

Note: I think that in this context, landing is to be considered the safe and intact placement of the aircraft onto the ground from the air. Pedants.

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