|Miracle Aboard Flight 261|
Email text contributed by Debbie Trujillo, 23 December 2000:
Subject: Fwd: [Fwd: Coincidence or Providential]
Alaska Airlines Flight 261
Recently, some incredible news has been learned regarding the last few minutes of Alaska Airlines flight 261, before it crashed, the end of January. A man related last week that he talked with an Alaska Airlines pilot who is involved in the investigation of the crash of Alaska Flight 261.
The pilot has listened to the cockpit voice recorder from the downed plane and reported that for the last 9 minutes of the flight, the wife of the pastor from Monroe, Washington can be heard sharing the Gospel with the passengers over the airplane's intercom system.(The pastor and his wife were returning from Mexico mission trip.) Just before the final dive into the Pacific Ocean, she can be heard leading the sinners prayer for salvation!
The pilot also told John that the flight data recorder from the plane indicates that there is no good explanation for the plane remaining in the air for those final 9 minutes. But it did remain in the air until the pastor's wife finished sharing the Gospel and presumably lead many to Christ in those final moments.
Interesting, we haven't heard any of this on the evening news...
Thank the Lord for the Internet...please share this with anyone you think might enjoy.
Comments by Peter Kohler: It is ironic that somebody saw fit to attribute these statements to the octogenarian Mr. Harvey, whose radio commentary show has been responsible for launching so many witless rumors. Were they actually hoping to lend credence to the story in this way? Or to think better of our fellows were they instead perfectly aware of what they were doing, and meant this alteration only as a joke? Of course, we'll never know.
Regardless, prior to this mistaken attribution, the story of a pastor's wife leading the passengers of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 to salvation just before the jetliner crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the California coast on January 31, 2000, was in wide circulation on the Internet within just a few weeks of the accident, and was in fact reported as the fiction that it is in a Seattle Post-Intelligencer article published April 3, 2000.