Former Squadron Leader, believes an ‘angel’ helped him to save the lives of his aircrew

Pilots, are know for keeping their cool in 'difficult circumstances'. Self-sufficient and logical they are not prone to fanciful ideas.  But yet one pilot, also a Falklands veteran. claims that an 'angel' guided him and his aircrew out  ofpoor weather conditions, where they were in real danger of crashing into a mountainside.

Former squadron leader, Tom Rounds ( a flight navigator at the time of the incident) believes that an angel's voice in his head helped him to save the lives of his aircrew when their plane entered thick fog.

He said, that the celestial voice,  led to him ordering the pilot to change direction just before it could have struck a mountain.

The team had been taking part in a routine low level flying exercise 250ft above ground level which took them from RAF Lyneham, through Wales and the West Country and back to Salisbury Plain, where they were due to drop a resupply load.  

Down at 250ft, their flight was plagued with low cloud and rain, which meant they had to keep climbing up to a safe altitude when they could not see well enough what was ahead.

At one point they were flying at this height, along the south edge of a valley, near Lampeter. 

Even though the cloud cover had been sporadic, it suddenly became impossible for them to see, so at 280mph and still at 250ft, they were flying blind. 

Squadron Leader Rounds said: "At some point I felt an overwhelming urge to climb the aircraft away from our then height of 250ft.  The hairs on my neck stood up. It was almost as though something was screaming in my head to take action immediately. 

"I duly screamed at the pilot to initiate a hard climb and rapid turn left, as I believed our safety was to be had out over the low lying land to our north over the valley."

Just as he yelled at the crew, the Radar Altimeter, an electronic device that transmits constantly and tells the crew the actual height of the aircraft directly above the ground, began shrieking. 

He added: "We knew at that point that we were now less than 250ft from the ground despite the aircraft attitude being at over 50 degrees, banked to the left, and climbing.  We were now flying parallel to the northern slope of the mountain.

"We then watched mesmerised as the indicated height on the Radar Altimeter continued to fall and reached at just 50ft - where it stayed.  I absolutely believed the plane was about to crash straight into the mountainside and that I had now consigned us, as a crew, to the statistics book of another RAF aircraft lost on a training sortie.

"I, for one, will never forget that flight.  What might have happened had I shouted my instructions say five or even 10 seconds later?

"Was that my guardian angel who spoke to me urging I take immediate action?  I don't suppose I shall really know for certain but during a quiet moment, I like to believe it was." What do you think? Do you believe that an 'angel has helped 'save your life or that of a family member?

 

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