Today, October 31, 2009 marks the 10th anniversary of First Officer Gameel Al-Batouti placing his fate in the hands of Allah on Egypt Air flight 990.
And he wasn't the first.
The Chinese pilot in the Silk Air case, who brought down his own plane, appears not to have been motivated by Islam. But Islam does come into the case in another, interesting way:
"Sources in Singapore say the strong Muslim beliefs of the chief investigator of the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), Professor Oetarjo Diran, could prejudice a finding of pilot suicide as the single cause of the crash.
They say Professor Diran has admitted he does not want relatives of the victims receiving insurance monies from an event that was the will of Allah.
"Professor Diran does not want his investigation involved in litigation," one highly placed source said. "He says if today is your day to die, so be it. He said it is not proper to claim for God's will."