You Are Never Too Old

From the You Are Never Too Old Department…

A story that recently made it into pretty much every news outlet from Florida to Pakistan was how 80 year old Helen Collins remained calm as she made an emergency crash landing in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. (It skidded down the runway for 1000 feet before coming to an abrupt halt.)

The Cessna her husband had been flying.

When he suffered a heart attack.

With one operating engine.

With barely enough fuel.

Her son, Richard, a trained pilot, guided his mother down from the control tower. “She was calmer than everybody on the ground. She had it totally under control,” Richard Collins said. “The amazing thing is she landed that plane on one engine – I don’t know if there are a lot of trained pilots that could do that. I already knew I lost my dad; I didn’t want to lose my mom. It could have been both of them at once.”

Yes, you can accomplish amazing things when you put your mind to it. Don’t sell yourself short.


  1. What a great gal! So happy that most everything ended well. My prayers and thoughts go out to Helen Collins and her son, Richard, as they mourn the loss of their husband and father. Alyce

  2. It’s amazing what the power of calmness can do. it takes you beyound the surface, all you see is possiblities. my heart goes out to Helen Collins and Her son. may the the good lord continue to stengthen you.

  3. Belloc Buleaire says

    Yes, i for one am sick and tired of this “too old” nonsense. i kno plenty of folkks who still get out even in their sveenties like raymond shevsky’s White Eagle

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