Overwhelmed, But An Overcomer
What Would You Do?
On Sunday night, March 22, 1992, a twin-engine jetliner, USAir flight 405, waited in line to take off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport. On board was Bart Simon, a Cleveland businessman. Outside, a snowstorm was blowing. After the plane sat in line for nearly thirty minutes, the control tower gave clearance for takeoff.
The Dutch-made Fokker F28 raced its engines and headed southeast down runway 13–31. The plane lifted into the air, but then the left wing dipped and scraped against the runway. The landing gear struck a set of navigational lights, and the plane touched back down to the left of the runway, splattering along in the mud for one hundred feet.
The plane then nosed briefly back up into the air, but the left wing hit antennas on the side of the runway, and the fuselage began to break apart. Finally the plane bounced into Flushing Bay.
Twenty-seven people were killed in the crash. But Bart Simon survived unharmed.
Surviving a plane crash is a traumatic experience. No one would blame Bart Simon if he chose never to fly again. No one would think twice if he decided the next day to drive home to Cleveland or to take a bus or train.
But on Monday, the day after the crash, Bart Simon climbed aboard another airplane and flew—safely—home to Cleveland.
Bart Simon is an overcomer.
Fear grounds many people. Fear paralyzes ministries, relationships, dreams, churches, careers. The only way to overcome is to do what we fear.