Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church Worldwide on Friday detailed his escape from a recent incident that could have led to a crash of the plane that he was travelling in.
In a written testimony read out to the congregation during a thanksgiving service at the Canaanland headquarters of the church in Ota, Ogun State, Oyedepo said the incident – the third since his ministry began – happened on a flight from Cyprus to Israel with his wife and three other key members of the church on board, Punch writes.
He said the first incident occurred in 1997 while travelling from Kaduna to Lagos, adding that “all hell broke loose” and “landing in Lagos became impossible” during a heavy thunderstorm.
“In the second incident, one engine of our aircraft failed in-flight. On May 4, 1998, we were on a flight to Kano when I noticed our plane was going down. I went to the c0ckkpit to ask the pilot what was going on. Then, he announced that we just lost one engine.
You May also Like:
“Calmly, I told him to make a turn back to Lagos. We were eight on board. As soon as we landed and we were at our packing space, we heard a sound that announced the death of the second engine.”
The wealthy cleric/entrepreneur said the third and recent incident was triggered by a stabiliser trim motor failure.
“After the failure, the auto-pilot could no longer exact the required pressure to keep the aircraft in the required altitude for stability.
“The captain disconnected the auto-pilot and returned the aircraft to the required altitude for that phase of flight. Because the aircraft was out of trim, during the take-over, the aircraft abruptly pitched up with much G-force and the captain counter-acted it with a pitch downforce.
“These two counter-forces caused the abrupt turbulence and movement in the cabin and the cargo hold. Heavy items in the cargo hold fell from their compartments and made loud bang noise. We thank the God of this great commission for making the pilot act promptly. Similar incidents in the past have resulted in fatal accidents and loss of life,” he said.