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The Power to Asphyxiate (3 of 9)
J. Gerald Harris
"Why do we complain about nature? She has acted kindly: life is long if you know how to use it. But one man is gripped by insatiable greed, another by a laborious dedication to useless tasks...Many are occupied by either pursuing other people's money or complaining about heir own... Some have no aims at all for their life's course, but death takes them unawares as they yawn languidly - so much so that I cannot doubt the truth of that oracular remark of the greatest of poets: 'It is a small part of life we really live.' ...You are living as if destined to live forever: your own frailty never occurs to you; you don't notice how much time has already passed, but squander it as though you had a full and overflowing supply." 5 - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Kurt Krug was flying his private plane from his home in Bridgam, Michigan, to Venice, Florida. In the course of his fight, his twin engine Piper Aztec lost electrical power over the mountains of North Georgia. For about thirty minutes he flew in heavy, black clouds without radio, radar, or instruments.
At about 6PM, the wings of Krug's plane clipped some treetops and the plane crashed into Justus Mountain. The fact that the pilot was not instantly killed or burned to death was a major miracle. The terrific impact caused the pilot to black out. Hours later, in the middle of the night, Krug woke up to the realization that he was trapped in the cockpit and immobilized by a broken arm and broken leg.
Krug had already beaten the odds by surviving a terrifying crash in the rugged, remote high country. Others had survived such crashes in isolated areas only to die of exposure or starvation. Upon awakening, the broken and bleeding pilot was shivering in the cold, wet cockpit. He managed to wrap himself in a fleece seat cover to keep warm. By mid-morning Saturday the fog was still so thick he could not see the treetops. As the hours pass ...
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