Agape pilots home following crash (Excuse the pun of previous owners name from photo).
BRADENTON FL- Bruised, but thankful, two area pilots are back home after the engine in their turbo-prop Cessna cut out at 12,000 feet this week, sending them on a long glide into the Atlantic Ocean.
It just hit so hard, said Paolo Costa, the co-pilot on the Agape Flights Inc. plane that went down about 25 miles south of the Grand Bahamas at 10 p.m. on Thursday.
When the wheels hit the water the plane flipped over, leaving Costa and pilot Rocky Miller upside-down and underwater. Despite the disorienting position, the pilots kept their wits about them, Costa, 45, said.
I was very calm at that point and I had a conversation with the Lord and asked, Am I going to drown? and he said, No, said Costa, a Bradenton businessman.
The engine failure occurred as Miller and Costa were on their way back to Venice-based Agape, a charitable group that supplies hundreds of missionary families in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
The accident leaves Agape looking to charter flights to fulfill its mission, said Charles Gardner, the organizations executive director.