Friday, Motor Man and I were having a quiet evening at home. As I was reading that day’s newspaper, I saw an article about the fear of flying. I shared with Motor Man that, in 2014, 992 people died in plane crashes, while 1.24 million died in traffic accidents. (He’s always reminding me of those statistics when we have an upcoming flight, since I don’t like to fly.)
Just a few minutes later, he walked by the computer, and sat down to check one of his favorite web-sites: radioreference.com, a radio communications site where you can listen to scanner frequencies all over the world.
When he clicked on the “Top Audio” link, he saw that something was happening in Kentucky. He soon learned that there had been a small plane crash, and a seven year old girl had survived and walked to a nearby home for help.
We listened as first responders desperately tried to locate the wreckage. A helicopter was requested, but severe weather in the area prevented it from being launched to help in the search. As we listened, we learned there were four other passengers on the plane, and we hoped for the best. We probably listened that night for nearly two hours.
Saturday morning, I googled tv stations in that area, and discovered that, sadly, the little girl was the only survivor of the plane crash. Because we had listened as the event unfolded, we just haven’t been able to put this tragedy out of our minds.
The victims’ names were soon released. Was it wrong of me to search, on Facebook, the name of the little girl’s mother? I discovered a seemingly happy family, with photos of holiday celebrations and school events. Was I wrong to type in her dad’s name? From his page, I could see that he liked cats and shared inspirational quotes. And … haunting photos shared just a few days earlier of him piloting a plane with two young girls seated in the background.
This little girl – a stranger to me – was never far from my mind through the entire weekend. And, as often as Motor Man mentioned the crash to me, I can say that he feels the same way.
I’m sure there are millions of people who are praying for that family, and wishing they could just give that little girl a hug.
Count Motor Man and me among them.
*The news story and names of the victims and survivor are public information now, but out of respect to them, I’m not linking any of that to my post today.
~These Days Of Mine~