Captain’s Log 6,157
Blessings are sometimes a matter of being in the right place at the right time. My sister and I went to Palm Springs on Saturday, and we just missed the plane that crashed on the freeway by about 15 minutes or so. We had already driven through the area where it happened. We passed some firetrucks near an Air Force base and wondered what was up. They were waiting to see if the pilot could make it that far.
He did not make it that far. Apparently, he landed it and the plane slid into a car parked on the side of the road, killing a passenger in the back seat. There are a lot of factors that played into this tragic event.
- This was the SECOND time that plane made an emergency landing on that very freeway. The first time was in 2000.
- The plane was owned by the pilot but the registration was not current. He was flying the plane illegally.
- The person had stopped on the side of the freeway to sync a Bluetooth device to his smartphone. Stopping on freeways should be for emergencies only.
I am not going to be an asshole and blame the driver of the car, but I can’t help but wonder why he thought that would be okay. It is a known fact that cars parked on freeways are at great risk for accidents. Granted, most of those accidents are with other cars or trucks. One would never imagine that a plane was going to smack into you.
Apparently, it was an experimental aircraft of some sorts. The pilot should have made damn sure it was legal to fly it. He had three people on board with him. I can only imagine their fear when they all thought they were going to crash.
It’s all so very sad. We didn’t even hear about this until we were coming back home and got caught in a huge traffic jam that was part of the chaos that had happened six hours earlier.
That plane could have taken out anyone driving in the area that day. Fortunately, the traffic was relatively sparse at that time of day. Unfortunately for the driver on the side of the road, he was part of the collision. And the lady in the back seat’s number came up. For her sake, I hope she didn’t know what was happening. For her sake, I hope it was quick.
Unbelievable. So sad.
When we wake up every day, we have a choice about what to do with our time. We need to use it well. We need to be kind and thoughtful. We need to be there to support and champion others. We need to challenge ourselves and do our best. Because we just never know when the universe will toss some totally random event our way and it will be over.