Friday, December 09, 2005

My heart goes out...

...to the parents and family of 6-year-old Joshua Woods, who was killed when a Southwest Airlines jet skidded off the end of the runway at Chicago Midway airport and crushed the car in which he was a passenger.

You talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

My prayer is that he is safe in the loving arms of his Savior (whose name is also Joshua), and that God will send comfort to the family.

My heart goes out, too, to the air traffic controllers and the pilot of the flight. They will be wracking themselves for the rest of their lives, playing woulda shoulda-coulda over the decision to clear the flight to land, and then to attempt the landing.

For some reason, it's not newsworthy that our commerical aviation system routinely operates in miserable weather with near-perfect safety year-round.

Still, this Christmas one family is going to be without a six-year-old unwrapping presents under the tree. It breaks my heart.

2 comments:

Vermillion & Pico: Our Political Website said...

It was 1984 or 1985, and a young woman was minding her own business, driving home from work on Oceana Boulevard in Virginia Beach, when an A-6 attack jet from Oceana Naval Air Station conked out immediately after takeoff, and crashed on Oceana Boulevard, right on top of her car. Wrong place, wrong time.

And your website does not allow for anonymous comments, and I never want to make mine anonymous, but in selecting that option, you have limited comments to those who have a blogspot ID. Fortunately, I have an old one I can use, but the website I run now isn't on blogspot; perhaps you'd like to change your settings?

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Corrie said...

I was having to spend too much time deleting spam comments. I'll see what options Blogger has for allowing anonymous comments while blocking spambots.