Thursday, August 23, 2012

WCG/GCI Minister In Philippines Killed in Plane Crash

Capt. Jessup Bahinting

MANILA, Philippines - The wife of Capt. Jessup Bahinting, the pilot of the ill-fated Piper Seneca, wondered why he was rushing to his flight to Naga, forgetting even to kiss her as he always did in the past.
Margaret Bahinting was very emotional and still in shock when she faced the media to describe her husband of 36 years.

On that fateful day on Saturday, she was at the Mactan Cebu International Airport hangar to send off her husband with the hope of seeing him in the next few days in Bacolod for a Church event. Bahinting is also a pastor. They have 3 children.

Bahinting, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and co-pilot Nepalese co-pilot Kshitiz Chand remain missing Monday after their Piper Seneca plane crashed off the waters of Masbate on Saturday afternoon.    Robredo's pilot didn't use favorite plane

Captain’s wife dismayed husband not found on pilot seat

CEBU CITY—Margarita Bahinting, the wife of Captain Jessup Bahinting, chairman and executive officer of Aviatour Air, expressed dismay at the reports that her husband was found on the right side of the cockpit, saying this was erroneous.

She said that her husband was on the left side of the plane, on the seat of the main pilot. She said the media reports could be misconstrued that Bahinting had allowed the student pilot, Kshitiz Chand, 21, to handle the plane.

Chand’s body was found floating near the crash site Thursday morning.

The bodies of the two pilots of the light plane that crashed off Masbate with Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo were flown to Cebu on Thursday.

The body of Bahinting, 61, was accompanied by his daughter Sarah Lynn on board a Beechcraft RPC 9980 plane, which landed at the Mactan Cebu International Airport at 8:01 a.m.

At 3:03 p.m., Cessna 182 RPC 2214 arrived with the body of Bahinting’s Nepali co-pilot, Chand.

Bahinting and Chand piloted the Piper Seneca plane that was supposed to bring Robredo from Cebu to Naga City in Camarines Sur. But the plane reportedly experienced engine trouble and was trying to make an emergency landing at the Masbate Airport when it crashed into the sea.

Bahinting’s body was retrieved from the right side of the cockpit on Wednesday, according to media reports. Sarah identified her father through his Fossil watch and ring.

Ace pilot comes home

Capt.Jessup Bahinting finally arrived home in Cebu yesterday.

His widow Margarita burst into tears when the body bag containing the pilot’s body emerged from the Beechcraft Baron 55, accompanied by their youngest daughter, Sarah Lynn.

The plane owned by Cheyn Air touched down 8 a.m. in the Aviatour Air hangar in Mactan.

About 200 flight students, pilots and instructors gathered at the hangar to join the sad welcome party.

Some wept openly, including the couple’s fellow members of the Christian congregation Grace Communion International.
The retrieval of Chand completed the five-day search and rescue operation which was spearheaded by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine Coast Guard. Volunteer technical divers of different nationalities and local fishermen played important roles in the operations.

Capt. Bahinting, founder and CEO of Aviatour was a church pastor who was active in charity and mercy missions.

He flew patients from hinterland communities in the Visayas and Mindanao and volunteered for disaster relief work in the Ginsaugon, Leyte landslide in 2007, the Sendong floods in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities in December last year and the earthquake that badly hit Negros Oriental in January this year.



DennisCDiehl said...

Very tragic and sad for those having to bear this. May the family find peace at a difficult time.

DennisCDiehl said...

I'm intrigued why those of you on the site who have moved on to a more grace/love/compassion Gospel can't come up with anything kind to say about the loss of this probably very sincere Christian?

Anonymous said...

Me, too.

However, it's often difficult for many people of whichever religious (or non-religious) persuasion to find the right words(or even feelings) to address such a tragedy.

It kind of knocks down the "Christians have uber-powers of understanding and compassion" theory.

It's more compassionate and understanding to realize we're all in the same boat, no matter if Muslim, Pagan, Christian, Buddhist, whatever-else-religion, or even non-religious.....and that NONE of us are granted super-duper uberpowers because of our beliefs.

I jalso hope the family finds peace at this difficult time.


DennisCDiehl said...

thanks for your comment Norm. It makes the void here less void. ha.

I agree, It is easy, very easy, to spend the rest of one's disillusioned life bitching and moaning about others and being unable to extend some normal human kindness to those who preceed us.

You know it had to be a hard way to go and the kind of death we all hope we never have to experience. Falling from the sky with way too much time in a racing mind to realize it's over.

I got stuck in a small plane with an obcessed WCG deacon who , unknown to me, was bound and determined to get see GTA to talk to him at a appearance in Minneapolis. He flew right into a thunderstorm carwash and ended up screaming at me to "look for the ground." I was numb with fear, 26 years old, and looking at family pics in the wallet. We made a hard landing in Michigan City , finished the trip the next day and I never flew with him again.

Anonymous said...

"I got stuck in a small plane with an obcessed WCG deacon who , unknown to me, was bound and determined to get see GTA to talk to him at a appearance in Minneapolis. He flew right into a thunderstorm..."

You know, I've found the vast majority of people I've met to be kind at heart, including wcg people.
(but things like religious beliefs and political beliefs can cause that kind heart to change quickly once someone of a differing outlook rings the doorbell to those domains.) Sad thing is that those domains are actually a teenie-tiny fraction of who the person actually is.


DennisCDiehl said...

Norm said:
Sad thing is that those domains are actually a teenie-tiny fraction of who the person actually is.

That's exactly right. Usually when you ask who someone is they tell you what they do, which of course, is not who they are. What I did or do in life is not who I am.

The trick is to answer the question.."without saying anything good or bad about yourself, who are you?"

The only answer one can come up with is "me"

I do imagine however if you asked the ego infested COG guru types that question, they'd still end up saying "I am that prophet." "I am an Apostle," "I am God's Witness..."

Of course, this is baloney but shows how badly the have lost touch with themselves....