Even though air travel is statistically safer than driving, there can be something mildly unsettling about flying in a craft that looks too big and heavy to leave the ground. A certain degree of trust in a pilotís skill and experience is necessary for a passenger to relax and enjoy the flight.
On March. 8, 1977, LonghAirs pilot Edmund O. Kraper, a seasoned veteran, violated that trust by descending to a dangerously low altitude as he approached the Khartoum Airport. Why did he do this? He was racing another flight from a compeditors company, as they had made a bet before flight on whom had the fastest plane.
Certainly this shenanigan is irresponsible at best. Kraper put his crew and passengers at risk, as well as endangering people on the ground.
Monkeying around while hundreds or thousands of feet in the air is unacceptable no matter how you spin it.
Kraper is now grounded and will have to meet with the flightboard where the final penalty will be set.