Teresa Neumann (July 2, 2010)
"It was absolutely horrifying. There's no other way to describe it."
REPORTER'S NOTE: I know this fear firsthand, having experienced an emergency in the air myself. It was a red-eye flight, and shortly after departing Sea-Tac airport, we noticed flames shooting out from the engine. Subsequently, the pilot announced there was an engine fire and he was dumping fuel in the event of an emergency landing. He said he was looking for the nearest available airport to land, hoping that he could make it back to Sea-Tac. The plane was full of mothers and children; my own infant daughter was with me. I hadn't been a Christian for very long, but had just learned the importance and value of prayer. I never prayed so hard in my life! You could hear prayers erupting audibly throughout the entire plane and they continued until we landed, Thank God, safely again. Because of that experience, I believe even one praying Christian aboard an airplane that is in trouble can make a difference. -Teresa Neumann, BCN.
(Palm Beach, Florida)—The Mail Foreign Service reports that it is finally being revealed that in 2008 a single loose screw in a cockpit window heater caused a potentially fatal accident to happen on an American Airways Boeing 757—as it flew 36,000 ft. above the Atlantic Ocean.
Notes the report: "The flight crew were showered in glass after the heater caused an inside ply on the windscreen shattered into thousands of tiny cracks. As the cockpit filled with smoke, the 2008 flight from Puerto Rico to Philadelphia was diverted to Palm Beach, Florida, as terrified passengers were instructed on procedures for a rough ground or ocean landing."
Amazingly, the report adds, "U.S. flight safety officials have known about the fault for years but have not required airlines to fix it."
"It was absolutely horrifying. There's no other way to describe it," said Rebekah Conrad, 23, who was reportedly among two dozen students who held hands, sang hymns and prayed through the ordeal.
According to the report, the FAA's 2008 proposal would require airlines to check for the loose screw and replace damaged windows, a task that is supposedly long and difficult.
Source: Staff - Mail Foreign Service