Thats a lot of dancing around the subject, tactfully done. I would imagine this is quite an uncomfortable question for you.
If you can't pray for a miracle in the cockpit of a crashing plane, why would you pray at any other time.
Its that simple.
There was no dancing in my answer. It was a straight forward answer
If he is a Christian, his responsibility is to use the tools, wisdom, and skills that God bestowed upon him to save the lives of his passengers. Not to pray while the plane is screaming nose first towards the Earth. The actions of a person are just as important as a prayer.