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If it seems slow, be patient! For it will surely take place. It will not be late by a single day." Habakkuk 2:3

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Pilot who was hi-jacked, crashed, and lived was OUR Pilot!! Pretty cool!

Seble's first airplane ride from Ethiopia to America. She poses with Captain Leul Abate, as we are getting off of our flight in Dulles. The Captain was so nice and actually held her for a good 2-3 minutes. He didn't act as if he was in a hurry or anything.

With the whole change in how airplanes are operated since 9/11, we didn't think their would be a chance to get a picture of her and the pilot. As we were getting off, we saw him coming up the aisle and asked the stewardess if we could get a picture, didn't think it would be a problem. She asked him and he didn't have any issues at all.

The interesting twist to this picture taking and the story behind it didn't hit us until 3 weeks after we got home with Seble.

While in the country of Ethiopia, sitting at a table in the hotel restaurant on our first trip, we remembered a picture that came up on the big flat-screen tv in the lobby area. It was a picture of an Ethiopian Airplane making a crash landing into the ocean. We all said, "that's what we want to see right now since we still have to fly home" etc..... I remembered hearing about that crash, or I should say, seeing it on the news but don't recall when or what it was about and everything.

Well, everything went fine and we made it home. After our second trip and about three weeks after we got home with Seble we came across the following video. It explains that this airplane was hi-jacked and they were forced to make a water landing because they ran out of fuel. It would have been a perfect landing IF the one engine did not catch a small part of a corral reef just under the water. Before 9/11, this was the most deadliest hi-jacking in aviation history.

The following video tells the story of the hi-jack and crash which just happened to be piloted years ago by our pilot.


  1. That is truly amazing! How touching. What a story for Seble her whole life. God Bless this pilot. Clearly he has so much left to do! I love how he says "Thank You for calling me a hero but I don't consider myself a hero".
    What are the odds that you saw the video on the first trip and then he piloted your flight the second?! WOW. Just WOW!

  2. This is awful to watch video, scary.I was weeping.Now i more realise to pray for people(friends or anyone who ask to pray) who fly in airplane.Thank you to post it!Blessings to you!

  3. Dear Stutzman Family,

    What a beautiful family you have! I randomly came across your blog as I was doing a google search for my father, the pilot pictured in your post. Thank you for your kind words and I will surely pass on your pictures of your daughter to him.


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