Matthew Wade and Tom Bonds are thankful to be alive after the small plane they were flying in experienced engine failure miles away from the closest airport.
The two men flew out of Gadsden Sunday afternoon to go sightseeing. Just before 5 p.m. the plane's engine cut off over Marshall County. For 8 minutes, Bond worked to keep the plane in the air as they tried to make it to Guntersville Municipal Airport.
The plane went down in the water just a couple hundred yards away from the airport. The two men were able to climb out of the plane and stand on top of it.
Guntersville Rescue Squad came out with a boat to pick them up.
Wade says he is also taking the crash as a sign he should not be in a plane. The last time he flew he found himself in a similar situation. He said, "This happened to me in May. I hadn't been in an airplane since [date omitted]. I was in a powered parachute and this happened. And me and Tommy had been talking about it all summer, and he said, 'Do you want me to take you up in a real plane where everything is good?'. And then this happened, so He is going, 'I'm sorry', and I am saying no, I'm sorry it's me. You know, two airplanes in two trips, I think that is a pretty strong word from God He doesn't want me in an airplane so I am going to listen to Him."