Ed & Marilyn 'The Happy Wanderers' travel blog


We had just passed the Texas State Line on our journey this morning, when my cell phone rang.

I do not talk on the cell phone while driving, so Marilyn answered and it was my friend, Dave, calling from Wichita, KS.

He wanted to let me know that a King Air 200 turbo-prop aircraft had crashed into one of the buildings I had worked in when I worked at Flight Safety International.

The only news available at the time was that the building was partially destroyed with a huge fire burning fiercely.

I had trained in that building for 18 years and then worked there as an instructor and a Type Rating Examiner, before moving to the building across the street and a new aircraft.

Having friends still employed there, my concern was distracting to say the least.

We stopped for fuel and I explained my worry to friends, Mike & Marian.

By the time we were back on the road, I was able to focus on my driving, which was a good thing because the traffic in the Houston area was horrific.

It sure was a relief to get through that area and to reach our destination for the day, El Campo, Texas.

We are parked at “Pincher’s RV Park” which seems quite nice, with level, concrete pull-through sites and a restaurant which serves terrific food.

Unfortunately, we only get TV reception off the antenna, so we’ll have to wait for the evening news to hear more about the tragedy in Wichita.

I have spoken to my friend, Dave, and he informed me that they have confirmed four deaths, with five additional injuries, and that all of the 100 or so people in the building at the time of the crash have been accounted for.

We pray for those affected by this tragedy.

Tomorrow we’ll leave early and head for our winter home in Mission, Texas.

It sure will be good to be “home” for awhile.

Life is Good!



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