Claim: The cockpit recorder from Alaska Airlines Flight 261 revealed a pastor’s wife led passengers in prayer just before the plane dived into the Pacific Ocean.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2000]
Alaska Airlines Flight 261
An Alaska Airlines pilot, involved in the investigation of the horrific crash of Alaska
The pilot also reported that the flight data recorder from the plane indicates that there is no good explanation for how the plane was able to stay in the air for those final
So, in the midst of this tragedy, nearly
Origins: The crew of Alaska Airlines
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, all that can be heard on the cockpit voice recorder tape is the pilots discussing stabilizer problems with air traffic control and Alaska Air maintenance personnel, a loud noise around the time the plane lost stabilizer control (and the voice of a flight attendant notifying the crew of the sound), and a second loud bang a minute before the plane plunged into the ocean. No passenger-led prayer appears on the tape.
As well, the statement “there is no good explanation for how the plane was able to stay in the air for those final
This tale appears to be based on a distortion (deliberate or otherwise) of something said by Jeff Knight of Monroe, Washington, whose parents, Joe and Linda Knight, were co-pastors of The Rock Church and were aboard
If a private company tried to turn the Flight 261 disaster into a commercial for their product, an outraged public would probably hound them out of business. Why should we be any less offended when someone fabricates the details of a tragedy in order to turn it into a commercial for Jesus?
Last updated: 11 February 2009