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Setfree

Milan, TN

#1 Sep 2, 2007
http://www.timesnews.net/article.php...

Ministers from 5 East Tennessee Jehovah's Witness congregations aboard plane
Published 09/02/2007 By Jeff Bobo


Sunday afternoon state forestry officials were using a bulldozer to clear a path through the Cherokee National Forest on Holston Mountain to the site of a single engine aircraft carrying five ministers that crashed shortly after takeoff from Elizabethton Municipal Airport Saturday morning.

According to the Carter County Sheriff’s Department the crash occurred between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

A Beech Bonanza aircraft had reportedly taken off from Hamblen County Saturday morning prior to landing in Elizabethton to pick up a passenger, and was then destined for Virginia Highlands Airport near Abingdon, Va., but never arrived.

A passing airplane spotted the smoldering wreckage around 7 p.m. Saturday.

The debris was spotted about a mile and a half down the southern side from the top of the mountain in an very rugged and remote area of Holston Mountain in Carter County.

A ground search was initiated Saturday night but was stalled by darkness.

The Carter County Sheriff’s Department said Sunday afternoon that the plane has been found by ground searchers and an attempt was under way to create access and secure the scene until Federal Aviation Administration investigators could arrive.

There was no official word Sunday afternoon on the number of passengers in the plane or their status.

The Times-News, however, received information Sunday that there were five passengers in the plane and they were each ministers from a different Jehovah’s Witness congregation in East Tennessee.

The Times-News will withhold their names pending confirmation of notice to their families.

According to Church elder Robert Burpitt who contacted the Times-News Sunday, the plane passengers were members of a "Regional Building Committee" which makes decisions regarding Kingdom Hall building projects. They were on their way to Abingdon Saturday morning to meet with congregation members from Lebanon, Va. to discuss building a new church there.

The ministers were from Chattanooga, Pigeon Forge, Morristown, Elizabethton and Unicoi County.

Although there was no official word on their status, there was not much hope Saturday that anyone survived.

Burpitt said the church will be making an official statement about the accident sometime Sunday afternoon.

I heard it on the local News at 6 PM tonight but they only mentioned that a small plane had gone down.

Probaly know every one of the 5 and their families.

They need our prayers because their lives will never be the same again.
Claude Kenneson

United States

#2 Sep 2, 2007
This is indeed tragic. I'm leery of those small planes. One of my colleagues and his friend died in a similar crash last year, except that he was coming in for a landing rather than just taking off. Sad.
Setfree

Milan, TN

#3 Sep 3, 2007
Setfree

Milan, TN

#4 Sep 4, 2007
The vehicle may have been exceeding its payload limits

http://www.qrz.com/p/air.pl...

http://www.planeandpilotmag.com/content/specs...
Simon

Herkimer, NY

#5 Sep 4, 2007
I think that all on this forum, irregardless of which side of doctrine we are on, would like to express our sincerest sympathies to the families of the victims. We will keep them in our prayers.
Holland

Rotterdam, Netherlands

#6 Sep 4, 2007
To bad they did,t crash into the Wathtowerbuilding.
Holland

Rotterdam, Netherlands

#7 Sep 4, 2007
To bad they did,t crash into the Watchtower building.
Claude Kenneson

United States

#8 Sep 4, 2007
Holland wrote:
To bad they did,t crash into the Watchtower building.
Holland, that's totally uncalled for.

Nevada Rose

Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#9 Sep 4, 2007
Claude Kenneson wrote:
This is indeed tragic. I'm leery of those small planes. One of my colleagues and his friend died in a similar crash last year, except that he was coming in for a landing rather than just taking off. Sad.
I am leery of them also. I get claustrophobic in small planes. This was a tragic accident, and I am sorry to hear about your colleague. I get claustrophobic in small planes. This past March I had fears of flying to Florida on Delta. The take off got to me a little, and climbing gradually to higher elevation had me closing my eyes. Once we reached the highest elevation I felt fine. Delta is the only way to go if you are claustrophobic. They have 2 isles with center seats, lots more room. My flight back was a 1 isle, smaller jet, not so spacious. Yeah, Delta rules!

Nevada Rose

Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#10 Sep 4, 2007
Opps......Have a double sentence, I deleted it, hmmmmmmm.....,must still have jet-lag.
Jimi

San Antonio, TX

#11 Sep 4, 2007
Claude Kenneson wrote:
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Holland, that's totally uncalled for.
I agree.
Simon

Herkimer, NY

#12 Sep 4, 2007
Agreed. Actually, when I first heard about it, my first reaction was, "gee, I hate to think that they died without having been saved first." That's very sad.
Jimi wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree.
Born Again

AOL

#13 Sep 5, 2007
Claude Kenneson wrote:
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Holland, that's totally uncalled for.
Agreed , no one wants anyone dead and certainly in such a tragic manner.wE ARE SORRY FOR THE LOSS and express that to the families .This is debate not hate .

“Following my heart!”

Since: Jul 07

Hutto, Texas

#14 Sep 5, 2007
Holland wrote:
To bad they did,t crash into the Watchtower building.
What a disgusting and horrible thing to say. These people have families they have left behind. People who love them and they (the families) will never be the same again. Whether you agree with their "views" or not, is not the point. You have serious hate issues that you need to pray about.
Setfree

Milan, TN

#15 Sep 5, 2007
Simon wrote:
Agreed. Actually, when I first heard about it, my first reaction was, "gee, I hate to think that they died without having been saved first." That's very sad.
<quoted text>
An ex-JW friend and his "never baptised" daughter prayed for the families as did I and some of my Sunday School Class.

I just hope that these men cried out to Jesus before the impact.
Simon

Herkimer, NY

#16 Sep 5, 2007
Amen. God bless you.
Setfree wrote:
<quoted text>
An ex-JW friend and his "never baptised" daughter prayed for the families as did I and some of my Sunday School Class.
I just hope that these men cried out to Jesus before the impact.

“To Thine Own Self Be True”

Since: May 07

Location hidden

#17 Sep 5, 2007
Simon wrote:
Agreed. Actually, when I first heard about it, my first reaction was, "gee, I hate to think that they died without having been saved first." That's very sad.
<quoted text>
John 5: 28, 29 - "Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall heard his voice,
29: And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrectin of life, and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation."

John 11:25 "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?"
Calgary Guy Continued

Calgary, Canada

#18 Sep 5, 2007
Holland wrote:
To bad they did,t crash into the Watchtower building.
WOW... some of the most disrepectful people I've ever heard of... But its clear what is in your heart...

No JW would say something like that of anyone else... This is clearly sad...

But we know it does not express the opinions of others..

“To Thine Own Self Be True”

Since: May 07

Location hidden

#19 Sep 5, 2007
Setfree wrote:
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I just hope that these men cried out to Jesus before the impact.
John 14:6 - "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the FATHER; but by me."
jimi

San Antonio, TX

#20 Sep 5, 2007
Calgary Guy Continued wrote:
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WOW... some of the most disrepectful people I've ever heard of... But its clear what is in your heart...
No JW would say something like that of anyone else... This is clearly sad...
But we know it does not express the opinions of others..
WOW, could you have gotten 'does not express the opinions of others' from 'others' post on this thread? To troll a thread like this is low on your part. Was there no other thread at topix to troll?

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