Help from above?

The lone survivor of a plane crash that killed seven people in British Columbia is not deeply religious but he must have received help from above to survive against staggering odds, his brother says.

[…] Tom Wilson, 36, walked away from the Sunday morning crash that killed seven others, including the pilot and six of his co-workers. The Pacific Coastal Airlines plane, a Grumman Goose amphibious aircraft, went down on Thormanby Island, off the British Columbia coast north of Vancouver.

Dr. John Reid was at a loss to explain how the man could not only survive, but suffer only burns to his face, hands and right thigh. There were no broken bones or internal injuries.

[…]  “There’s no way he could have went through that and come down without some sort of help,” Michael Wilson told a news conference Tuesday at Vancouver General Hospital.

Huh.  So if Wilson survived the crash thanks to divine intervention, it begs the question:  what did the other seven do to so piss off God?


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    Particle Man spews:

    The Particle is not very religious but it is just fine with me if people credit what at a minimum was a statistical miracle as a religious one.
    Interesting story though. This man who survived has a long road ahead of him in terms of dealing with the effects of being the one who lived.

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    rhp6033 spews:

    If you believe in an afterlife which is better than the present life, you could argue that the survivor was the unlucky (or disfavored) one.

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    Daddy Love spews:

    Where are the trolls? Tom Daschle installed at HHS is yet another sign of not only how deadly serious Obama is about effecting universal health care, but what a tough, experienced team he’s putting into place to make it happen.

    It’s ciming. Oh yeah, it’s coming and here will be a bunch of Republicans run over in its path.

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    EvergreenRailfan spews:

    Not recent years, but recent months. The sad thing is, I don’t think they build planes like these anymore. Some of the best Alaska Bush Planes are old ones like the Stimson Reliant and the De Haviland Beaver and Otter. Although there is a company in Sidney B.C. that bought the type certificate and is building new ones.

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    ArtFart spews:

    7 There’s a company somewhere that announced last year that they were going to build planes based on an updated version of the Goose design.

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    correctnotright spews:

    @2: On Little Pudgie
    The infant/man with the big ego and nothing to back it up – try visiting his blog. He gets upset if you question his “wisdom” and proclaims his “expertise”.

    what a dolt!

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    EvergreenRailfan spews:

    Viking Air is the company working on new examples of the De Haviland designs.


    While I was looking that up, found this”


    Flying boats make good aerial firefighters, but there are not many of the old ones left. Bombardier built a good new-build one a few years ago, but the best new-builds of those, are Russian.(Doubt the U.S. would let anybody bring those to the U.S.) The aircraft they currently use don’t carry enough. I love the concept of the Supertankers, just hope the 747 model gets tried out, I don’t trust DC-10s. Much of the airline industry never got over the string of crashes of the early model.

    I have seen some strange concepts that are a little retro, but maybe technology has finally made them workable.



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    wes.in.wa spews:

    Gooses (Geese?) were old when I was a kid in southeast Alaska, and that was 50-some years ago.

    They started building them in ’37 (Wikipedia), and the last one off the line was built in 1945. Thus, a 63-71 year old plane. And a sweetie, except when it crashes.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I asked the Great Mother Rabbit Spirit why 1 guy walked away when the other 7 were killed and She said, “He’s a Democrat.”*

    Republicans go around saying God is on their side. German soldiers in WW2 thought that, too, and look how it turned out for them!**

    * Just kidding!
    ** This is a joke! Really! If Ann Coulter can spew morbid humor, so can I!! What’s good enough for Ann Coulter is good enough for Roger Rabbit! I ain’t a snob.

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    Don Joe spews:

    I was going to point out that you got the question backward–namely what did the poor schmuck of a surviver do to piss God off? After all, the guy’s stuck in this hell hole.

    But, rhp beat me to it–the price I pay for having boatloads of work to do (and some rather difficult-to-track-down bugs on my plate).

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    SeattleJew spews:

    Goldy …

    The simplest argument for atheism is this …
    given how effed up the world is, God must either be less than omnipotent or a less moral person than I am.

    The argument for a supreme devil, on the opther hand, is rational.

    Since I find the idea of a cruel ruler of the world frightening, I find comfort in the belief that it does not exist.

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    ROTCODDAM spews:

    The AP’s just tryin’ to keep it relevant, baby!
    Gotta be “with it”.

    After all, one out of three of us believes in Vampires. Corporate media can’t afford to disaffect the ignorantly superstitious. They are a prime demo.