From the article linked in Post #2: "According to the Jewish Chronicle, the pair were on their way to Ohio to attend a funeral." Funerals, weddings, holiday reservations etc. are the cornerstones of an all too often fatal pilot disease ... "Get there-itis" (GT-I). I think we've all heard the siren's calling, and it's very difficult to ignore, particularly if family problems/emergencies are a motivating factor. Saying "NO" in the face of family members' entreaties can be VERY difficult; however, as pilots, we must consider not only our personal limitations (i.e. lack of training) but also the limitations of the aircraft we are to fly.