By Bobby Ross Jr. | GetReligion
Several years ago, I was flying home from a reporting trip when the pilot came on the loudspeaker and reported trouble with the controls that direct the plane.
He said we needed to make an emergency landing, and rescue vehicles would be waiting as a precaution. But he stressed that the flashing lights on the ground shouldn’t alarm anyone because he didn’t expect any problem landing the plane.
That statement would have provided more comfort if I hadn’t kept asking myself: If the plane were going to crash, would he be so candid as to say so?
“Attention, passengers, I fully expect that we are all about to die. Please buckle your seat belts and get your affairs in order.”
For an anxious flyer such as myself, that experience was scary enough.
But I can’t even imagine what the passengers of Southwest Flight 1380 endured this week. As you no doubt heard, one passenger was killed and seven others wounded Tuesday after an engine exploded.
Since I wrote that post, I’ve come across more faith-filled news coverage that needs to be highlighted.
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All of my GetReligion columns (March 2018):
• Concerning evangelicals, Trump and Stormy Daniels, named sources are more credible. Published April 9.
• The holy ghost in House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision not to seek re-election. Published April 12.
• Morgan Shepherd has started 1,000 NASCAR series races: What exactly inspires him? Published April 17.