Showing posts with label pilot. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pilot. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Pilot: 'God Sent His Angels' to Guide Her in Southwest Plane Landing - ANDREW HAY/REUTERS

"The pilot, Tammy Jo, was so amazing! She landed us safely in Philly."
"The pilot, Tammy Jo, was so amazing! She landed us safely in Philly." (abourman/Instagram)

Pilot: 'God Sent His Angels' to Guide Her in Southwest Plane Landing

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The pilot who safely landed a stricken Southwest Airlines flight on Tuesday got her first flying experience in the U.S. Navy, touching down F-18 fighter jets at 150 miles per hour on aircraft carriers.
Tammie Jo Shults, 56, may have drawn on her Navy skills when one of the two engines on her Boeing 737-700 blew and broke apart at 32,000 feet on Tuesday, forcing her to implement a rapid descent towards Philadelphia International Airport.
The explosion killed one passenger and nearly sucked another out of a shattered window.
One of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy, Shults calmly told air traffic control that part of her plane was missing, and she would need ambulances on the runway.
"So we have a part of the aircraft missing so we're going to need to slow down a bit," Shults told a controller.
Many of the 144 passengers sang her praise on social media after Shults thanked them for their bravery as they left the plane.
"The pilot Tammy Jo was so amazing! She landed us safely in Philly," said Amanda Bourman on Instagram. "God sent his angels to watch over us. I actually heard someone say, there is a God!!"
Passengers identified Shults as the pilot. Southwest Airlines declined to name the crew of flight 1380 and Shults was not immediately available for comment.
Authorities said the crew did what they were trained to do.
"They're in the simulator and practice emergency descents ... and losing an engine ... They did the job that professional airline pilots are trained to do," National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt told reporters.
'God Sent His Angels'
Shults might never have become a pilot if she had not been so determined to fly from a young age.
She is quoted on fighter plane blog saying she tried to attend an aviation career day at high school but was told they did not accept girls.
A native of New Mexico, she never lost the urge to fly and, after studying medicine in Kansas, applied to the Air Force. It would not let her take the test to become a pilot, but the U.S. Navy did.
She was one of the first female F-18 pilots and became an instructor before she left the Navy in 1993 and joined Southwest, according to the blog.
A Christian, who is married to a fellow pilot and has two children, Shults said that sitting in the captain's chair gave her "the opportunity to witness for Christ on almost every flight."
Bourman was among passengers who said they had been saved by divine intervention.
"God sent his angels to watch over us," she said. 
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Sunday, July 21, 2013

A Little Girl's Trust

As I drove to the Covenant Keepers conference this morning (held over the weekend in Charlotte, NC) to get the sound system up and worship music playing in the meeting room, a man shared this story on the radio.

"As we were flying high above the earth, the Captain came over the radio and said "Please stay seated. Fasten your seat belts. We will be experiencing some turbulence shortly." Sure enough, in no time it came.

A young girl in the seat across the aisle from me sat there calmly. She picked up her book, read a bit, put it down, closed her eyes - all the while being still and quiet. Even as the turbulence continued, she remained calm.

Once we had passed through that bit of weather, I leaned over and asked her, "How could you sit so calmly through all that."

She looked at me, smiled, and said, "That's my Dad, the pilot. He is taking me home."

Love it!

And may you be encouraged today too, as you rest in His love and provision for you. He will get you home!