A Wing, A Prayer,
And A Flat Bed Truck
Harris, Former Oregon Conference President
So read the
headline of the Portland, Oregon newspaper, The Oregonian, May
14, 2000. The front page of the newspaper showed a picture of a
on the back of a flatbed truck with the pilot standing beside it
what had happened. His description went like this:
The pilot knew he was in trouble and that he
would be forced to land his
plane, but where? In the few moments it took him to shut down the
electronics and fuel system, Hamer (the pilot) nosed to earth and
settled down and land on something solid but he couldn't figure
out why he
heading north and doing so at a pretty good clip. He glanced to
his left and
saw trees zooming by, and then he glanced to his right and saw the
Then he looked ahead and saw the cab of a truck going the same direction
was. Slowly it came to him that he had landed on the back of a flat
instead of the road he was trying to land on. "Somehow he had
his 21-foot-long plane on an 8-foot wide, 24-foot flatbed portion
tractor-trailer rig. Both Hamer and the truck driver, Filiberto
unhurt in the Thursday afternoon crash."
"I consider myself very lucky" said the 63 year old Hamer,
of Nevada City,
California. "Somebody was looking out for me." Hamer went
on to say that if
had landed a few inches to the right, his plane, a Lancair 235 that
built with his own hands would have tumbled off the truck and probably
flames. Likewise, had he been a bit higher, he may have put down
front of the truck and been crushed. The nose of the plane struck
the upper passenger side of the sleeper berth, leaving a large cone
in the steel.
"I just happened to hit him fast enough. It hit him like a
dart and stuck,"
said Hamer a retired Air Force officer.
Many of you could share your own stories of how your life was spared
time or another because "someone was watching out for you."
Which of us has
not been driving late at night, momentarily gone to sleep at the
suddenly we woke up just in time? Or the flight that we were scheduled
we were somehow delayed and couldn't board that flight, and we learned
crashed and all on board were killed. Or some other narrow escape.
all had them, they were real. It happened, we saw it, we were there.
never forget it.
Did those things "just happen"? Long ago, God promised
"to give His angels
charge over you, to keep you in all your ways." Psalms 91:11