A Bad Omen? Plane Carrying Marriage Proposal Crashes Off Rhode Island

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Ah, yes. The throes of romantic love — it’s enough to make your heart swell — and your engine sputter. New England pilot Mark Simmons was flying a “Will You Marry Me?” banner off the coast of Rhode Island when suddenly the proposal took a dive. It wasn’t a problem on the beach, where Mike Flynn was proposing to his girlfriend Michelle. No, Simmons’ plane was going down.

Ten minutes into his flight, he was heading toward the shorelines of Block Island when the plane’s engine began to fail. Luckily, Simmons emerged unharmed after his plane crashed in Block Island Sound. But that left a pretty nervous proposer waiting on the beach with his unsuspecting belle. “While it was happening, I was pacing the beach,” Flynn told ABC News. “I was really worried.”

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Simmons made a distress call to his 8-year-old son Ethan, who according to ABC News “heard his dad’s Mayday call over the airport’s radio transmission and initiated the rescue effort by alerting airport personnel and giving them information on his dad’s whereabouts.”

Just a day after his plane crashed, Simmons took to the skies again, determined to do it right.

“I wasn’t sure why it took him two days of pacing the beach just to propose to me on the beach,” Michelle said in an interview. “Until I saw the plane.” Despite the anxiety, she said yes.

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tulfotumbong
tulfotumbong

I wonder why men go to such a hullabaloo when proposing. After a year or two the couple end up quarreling and suing each other for divorce.  Why can't they just do it privately?

Aksa8
Aksa8

Did no one bother to shoot a video of that proposal in a dive? What a waste!

ZR1Vette
ZR1Vette

Wow, how fake is that picture???  I'm sure the events occurred, but that picture is fake as hell.  Seriously, the sky writer wrote it with a 727??

titas2
titas2

Whats the divorce rate now,60% ?

michaeldw
michaeldw

Anyone else think that pilot's kid is a bad a**?

Gerhard Langguth
Gerhard Langguth

The nations roads are littered with parts of blown truck tires. In the extremes of summer and winter the medians of interstates sometimes turn into parking lots or junk yards full of lesser vehicles driven by below average motorists. And virtually every driver will have or be involved in an accident. Its not a question of IF but when.

Many more people died from horse and buggy accidents back in that era there just weren't as many camera phones around to remind us or spread the flames. Ordinary folk walked and a lucky few could afford to "drive a horse" more than a dozen miles per week. Today we have more vehicles, with less capable drivers and much more stupid government mandated safety stuff -that just like airbags and anti-lock brakes makes fools feel safe- and our ailing transportation infrastructure is grossly underfunded.

However, the total death rate continues to decline as our society learns how to handle the technology(ies.)  General aviation has always been slightly more risky than driving due to the less rigorous pilot training, fewer maintenance requirements and limited capability of smaller aircraft but per mile the death rates are very low. Any airplane crash makes news headlines. And if its BAD the whole world spends days glued to the TV watching thousands of passengers survive a cruise ship disaster with only a handful of casualties.

Folks life isn't safe and never will be. Lets stop being scared, learn to walk away from mishaps and stop talking on the cell phone, stuffing a burger in our mouths and dripping catch-up on the steering wheel while dealing with an unruly brat in the back seat. That -educating ourselves- might actually work miracles.

usnavy83
usnavy83

I would say that is a bad omen.

Need2Say
Need2Say

I'd say it's a good omen. How many people have been involved in two crashes.

BreatheDeep
BreatheDeep

Now, they just need to be superstitious.

Harvey Wallbanger
Harvey Wallbanger

Gimmicky marriage proposals end up in divorce in less than 2 years 70% of the time. I read that on a poll site which has a 60% prediction accuracy rate.

Need2Say
Need2Say

I traded some rare coins for my bride and then proposed to her 25 years ago and we are still married.

Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin

I won my wife at a poker game and we are still married.

tulfotumbong
tulfotumbong

Can we still put your wife as a prize in a poker game?

MyPantsAreGettingSmaller
MyPantsAreGettingSmaller

Nice cursive

ZR1Vette
ZR1Vette

That's because the picture is photoshopped...look at the airplane...it's a 727!!  LOL.  I'm sure the events occurred, but the photo is fake.