Passengers On Doomed Airliner Cry Out To God, And Are Saved
Now if they could just remember Him when times are good,too
“Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake.” Psalm 6:9
SINGAPORE — Terrified passengers aboard a blazing jetliner prayed together before the plane made an emergency landing on Monday. An engine on a Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 caught fire in midair.
Cathay Pacific said the jet, bound for Jakarta with 136 passengers on board, landed back in Singapore “without incident” just before 2 a.m. It said the crew shut down the engine after receiving a “stall warning.” Reuters photographer Beawiharta was aboard the aircraft with his wife, two sons and daughter. About 20 minutes after take-off, there were two sharp bangs, sending cabin staff scurrying to retrieve the meals they had only just begun serving.
The plane began shaking violently, he said, and the lights went out. He could smell something burning. His son, Pradipta, 15, said he saw nothing as he peered out the window. ”But I asked him to cup his hands to get a better view,” Beawiharta said. “He shouted: ‘I see fire! I see fire!’
“Behind us, passengers were praying: ‘God, save our flight! Give us your protection!’”
The prayers got louder and louder, pierced by only the occasional cry of panic.
“A stewardess told us an engine had caught fire and we were on our way back to Singapore. Glued to the window, my son said he could see lights, the sea and ships and then lights on the ground. We all grabbed life jackets from beneath our seats, but the plane landed smoothly. ”Within five minutes, as firefighters doused the damaged engine, we walked off the plane into the terminal.” source – MSNBC
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