Family: pilot prayed on his way down to save lives
BATON ROUGE- Funeral services will begin Wednesday for the pilot who died when his plane plunged from the sky and into two houses in Baker Friday.
Family members told WBRZ News 2, John Fowler "believed in Jesus Christ and he and his wife worshiped together every day."
No one was hurt or killed on the ground, although a house was destroyed when the plane crashed and burst into flames. A second house was damaged. It appears Fowler attempted to crash the plane in an area where there would be the fewest number of tragedies on the ground.
"I know he prayed on his way down that no one would be hurt," a family member who did not want to be identified told WBRZ News 2.
Fowler reported mechanical problems with his Beechcraft King Air after taking-off from Baton Rouge Metro Airport. About the same time, the woman who lives in the house that burst into flames when the plane crashed said her brother called and said she needed to leave the house for a reason he could not explain.
"I know [him praying] is what enabled the lady and her children to get out of the house. God works miracles every day," Fowler's family member said.
Fowler was flying what is described as his favorite plane, and was well versed in mid-air emergencies. He was a graduate of LSU.
Visitation will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday. Interment is set for Greenoaks Memorial Park Thursday.
Fowler was married to his wife for eighteen years, according to his obituary.
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