From one pilot family to another…

Last night I was bumming around looking at blogs, and I found out about a couple that were severley burned in a plane crash. Stephanie Nielson, was burned over 80% of her body and her husband, Christian, over 30%. There were just 3 people on board and the pilot was killed in the accident. This couple has 4 children that were not with them and a LONG recovery ahead of them.

Christian had recently completed his private pilot rating. Hearing about this crash took me back to 2005 when Taylor had just completed his PPL. He was so new at flying, and although his instructors frequently commented at his natural skill at flying, a part of me would panic everytime he drove to Salt Lake Municipal Airport #2. My ears would perk up when weather reports were sketchy, or an airplane mechanic failure or crash was mentioned on the news. Even though he’s flying passenger jets now, I know there is always a risk when flying (although Taylor will always pop out the statistic that you’re more likely to die in a car crash on the way to the airport than you are to be in a plane crash.)

My heart goes out to the families that have been affected by this accident. To hear their story, and see how you can help, www.nierecovery.com

  • Erin

    I was just talking about this with MIL last night, the whole “plane crash” thing. It hardly ever freaks me out, probably because the jobs Mike used to work were much more dangerous (pizza delivery to the ghetto, anyone?). Every now and then it pops into my head, especially when I hear about a crash on the news (or when Mike texts me to tell me how narrowly he just avoided one!!#$#$), but for the most part I am pretty chill about it. I’m sorry to hear about that family, though.

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