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This Flight Is Entirely Computer Controlled

This Flight Is Entirely Computer Controlled

By Elton Camp

It was inevitable that it would become this way
Pilot error causes most crashes, experts all say
Many lives would be saved, it was estimated
If only the human pilot were to be eliminated

Computers have no emotions & don’t get tired
Accordingly, at HAL Air, all of them were fired
It was proclaimed to be the best advance in years
Removing pilots would quell all passenger fears

Then the first such flight very quickly sold out
That it was the way to go, travelers had no doubt
“Airplane pilots get sleepy or even fly drunk.
I never did like to have to trust such a skunk.”

“Welcome to HAL Air,” a computer voice said
And the prepared script it so competently read
“Aviation history is being made here today.
For no pilot is onboard to just get in the way.”

“I am programmed to handle whatever may arise.
We are racing down the runway and into the skies.”
Suddenly static and the voice became a tinny song
“Nothing can ever go wrong…go wrong…go wrong…”

Copyright © Elton Camp

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