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Aircraft Emergency! - Insights From Bill Bright - Oct.15

  • 2021 Oct 15

Aircraft Emergency!

He orders his angels to protect you wherever you go (Psalms 91:11).

Dear friends:

In 1999, the Associated Press reported a frightening event aboard a London-bound airliner.

A crash alarm shocked passengers on a British Airways flight from San Francisco.  The 10-15 second recorded announcement, played some three hours after Flight BA286 took off, told the 391 passengers that the Boeing 747 was about to crash into the sea and to put on life jackets and adopt the brace position.

Thankfully, it was only a foolish prank by an irresponsible passenger.  Crew members quickly realized the error, switched off the tape, went around reassuring passengers, and the captain apologized for the mishap.

More recently, a friend experienced a real emergency on a commercial jet airliner when a serious mechanical problem developed just after takeoff from Orlando International.  The pilot announced over the speakers that the passengers should prepare for a crash landing.

My friend relates: "An older lady seated next to me was almost hysterical with fear.  But I gently put my hand on her hand and said, 'Ma'am, everything is going to be all right.  Jesus has assured me.'  Astonishingly, no longer than a minute later, the captain came back on the speaker and said that everything was now back to normal!  He gave no explanation.  We were both stunned at this miraculous and sudden manifestation of God's power."

He continues, "How did I know what to say to the lady?  Well, I believed God had led me to take that trip, for a purpose, which had not been fulfilled.  Therefore, I was not rattled when the emergency occurred and had an inward assurance that everything would be okay.  I knew that God would take care of it.  When it happened, I simply thanked God that He was in control and that He was going to keep me safe, and thus the airplane and its passengers safe.  I thanked Him for His angels, which He had given charge over me according to Psalm 91:11.  By faith, I knew they were there and I knew we were safe.  I simply told the lady what I knew.  I believe that my faith, expressed through my words, released God's power into that situation, averting the emergency.  It was a great witness to the lady and her husband.  But as a former pilot, I was shocked at how fast the mechanical problem disappeared.  It remained a mystery.  But I know God's power solved the problem."  

Whether we are the victim of pranks or real emergencies, let us always react to them with faith in God's Word, protection, faithfulness, and power.  With God, all things are possible.

Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,

Bill Bright

The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit for more details

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