Gov. Ridge Issues Statement on Incident in Peru

Apr 21, 2001, 01:00 ET from Governor's Office

    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 21 /PRNewswire Interactive News Service/ -- Gov.
 Tom Ridge today issued the following statement on the incident in Peru.
 According to news reports, the Peruvian air force mistakenly shot down a
 single-engine plane carrying a missionary family representing a Pennsylvania-
 based church group.  The Association of Baptists for World Evangelism
 Institute is based in Fairview Township, York County.  Two of the five people
 in the plane -- a Michigan mother and her infant daughter -- were killed.  Two
 other members of that same family were unhurt.  The pilot, Kevin Donaldson, of
 Berks County, was wounded.
     "As word of this story spread across Pennsylvania today, the same question
 is being asked everywhere -- how could such a horrible mistake have been made?
 As we await the answers to those and other questions, we are left today to
 pause and reflect on the many Pennsylvanians who are embarked upon similar
 missions of compassion and mercy.  There may be no more noble calling than to
 leave the comfort and privilege we enjoy here in Pennsylvania, to serve those
 less fortunate, in some of the most remote and sometimes dangerous corners of
 the Earth.
     "Pennsylvania offers its prayers of support today to the pilot of the
 plane, Kevin Donaldson, of Berks County, who was wounded in the incident, and
 our prayers of support to the Bowers family, which has suffered so
 tragically."
     Gov. Ridge ordered that the Pennsylvania flag at the state Capitol fly at
 half-staff tomorrow to commemorate the missionaries of the Pennsylvania church
 group who were killed in the incident.
 
     CONTACT:  Tim Reeves, Press Secretary of Governor's Office, 717-783-1116,
               or Home, 717-520-1320
 
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SOURCE Governor's Office
    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 21 /PRNewswire Interactive News Service/ -- Gov.
 Tom Ridge today issued the following statement on the incident in Peru.
 According to news reports, the Peruvian air force mistakenly shot down a
 single-engine plane carrying a missionary family representing a Pennsylvania-
 based church group.  The Association of Baptists for World Evangelism
 Institute is based in Fairview Township, York County.  Two of the five people
 in the plane -- a Michigan mother and her infant daughter -- were killed.  Two
 other members of that same family were unhurt.  The pilot, Kevin Donaldson, of
 Berks County, was wounded.
     "As word of this story spread across Pennsylvania today, the same question
 is being asked everywhere -- how could such a horrible mistake have been made?
 As we await the answers to those and other questions, we are left today to
 pause and reflect on the many Pennsylvanians who are embarked upon similar
 missions of compassion and mercy.  There may be no more noble calling than to
 leave the comfort and privilege we enjoy here in Pennsylvania, to serve those
 less fortunate, in some of the most remote and sometimes dangerous corners of
 the Earth.
     "Pennsylvania offers its prayers of support today to the pilot of the
 plane, Kevin Donaldson, of Berks County, who was wounded in the incident, and
 our prayers of support to the Bowers family, which has suffered so
 tragically."
     Gov. Ridge ordered that the Pennsylvania flag at the state Capitol fly at
 half-staff tomorrow to commemorate the missionaries of the Pennsylvania church
 group who were killed in the incident.
 
     CONTACT:  Tim Reeves, Press Secretary of Governor's Office, 717-783-1116,
               or Home, 717-520-1320
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X91547862
 
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