First, here are the details of Sunday’s tragic events from some reputable sources:
Kim Murphy, Maura Dolan, and David Kelly in the Los Angeles Times:
Reporting from St. Helena, Calif., Redlands and Butte, Mont. — The plane that suddenly nose-dived into a cemetery in Montana this weekend killed three young California families bound for a ski vacation, including two sisters, their husbands and their five children.
Federal investigators, sifting through the charred wreckage Monday, warned that the cause may not be known for many months, but were looking into whether the plane was carrying too much weight or was disabled by icing or mechanical problems.
Basically, the people killed in the crash were two sisters and their families, and the son of the man who was going to put everyone up at his house, that son’s wife, and their children.
The two sisters, Vanessa Pullen and Amy Jacobson, were the daughters of Irving “Bud” Feldkamp III. Feldkamp was attending the family vacation, too — but he drove to the resort, and so was not on the plane that crashed.
All of the adult victims who were members of Feldkamp’s family were doctors — as is Feldkamp himself:
he victims were identified as Erin and Amy Jacobson of St. Helena, Calif., and their children, 4-year-old Taylor; 3-year-old Ava, and 1-year-old Jude; Michael and Vanessa Pullen of Lodi, Calif., and their children, 9-year-old Sydney and 7-year-old Christopher; and Brent and Kristen Ching of Durham, Calif., and their children, 5-year-old Heiley and 3-year-old Caleb.
Vanessa Pullen and Amy Jacobsen were Feldkamp’s daughters, and were also listed as shareholders of the plane’s registered owner, Eagle Cap Leasing of Enterprise, Ore.
All the adults had attended Pacific Union College and graduate schools at Loma Linda University, in Southern California, studying in fields like nursing, dentistry and medicine.
Investigators don’t yet know — and probably won’t for a long time — what caused the crash. Most likely it was a combination of factors. The plane was carrying 14 people but was only licensed to carry 10 — although mitigating that is the fact that half of that number were very young children. Experts are also looking at the possibility of ice buildup on the wings, and the Associated Press reports that an autopsy is underway to determine if the pilot might have had a medical emergency.
The crash occurred after the pilot diverted the plane to Butte from the planned destination of Bozeman. The plane crashed into a cemetery, which I’m fairly sure even the most jaded skeptic would agree is eerie, even though “eerie” can stand on its own and does not really need to be explained by reference to sinister connections between that particular crash site and the details of the victims’ and/or the surviving family members’ lives.
Some people, though, for twisted reasons known only to them — or not — need to explain tragedy via a crime and punishment model. Such people cling to a belief in an authoritarian God who shares the rigidly moralistic and judgmental qualities that enables them to make sense of life’s randomness and cope with it day by day.
And that brings us to sad, lost souls like Gingi Edmonds:
Some of you may have seen the major news story of the private plane that crashed into a Montana cemetery, killing 7 children and 7 adults.
But what the news sources fail to mention is that the Catholic Holy Cross Cemetery owned by Resurrection Cemetery Association in Butte – contains a memorial for local residents to pray the rosary, at the ‘Tomb of the Unborn’. This memorial, located a short distance west of the church, was erected as a dedication to all babies who have died because of abortion.
What else is the mainstream news not telling you? The family who died in the crash near the location of the abortion victim’s memorial, is the family of Irving ‘Bud’ Feldkamp, owner of the largest for-profit abortion chain in the nation.
Family Planning Associates was purchased four years ago by Irving Moore “Bud” Feldkamp III, owner of Allcare and Hospitality Dental Associates and CEO of Glen Helen Raceway Park in San Bernardino. The 17 California Family Planning clinics perform more abortions in the state than any other abortion provider – Planned Parenthood included – and they perform abortions through the first five months of pregnancy.
Although Feldkamp is not an abortionist, he reaps profits of blood money from the tens of thousands of babies that are killed through abortions performed every year at the clinics he owns. His business in the abortion industry was what enabled him to afford the private plane that was carrying his family to their week-long vacation at The Yellowstone Club, a millionaires-only ski resort.
The plane went down on Sunday, killing two of Feldkamp’s daughters, two sons-in-law and five grandchildren along with the pilot and four family friends. The plane, a single-engine turboprop flown by Bud Summerfield of Highland, crashed into the Catholic cemetery and burst into flames, only 500 ft. from its landing destination. All aboard were killed.
The cause of the crash is a mystery. The pilot, who was a former military flier who logged over 2,000 miles, gave no indication to air traffic controllers that the aircraft was experiencing difficulty when he asked to divert to an airport in Butte. Witnesses report that the plane suddenly nosedived toward the ground with no apparent signs of a struggle. There was neither a cockpit voice recorder nor a flight data recorder onboard, and no radar clues into the planes final moments because the Butte airport is not equipped with a radar facility. Some speculate that the crash was due to ice on the wings, but this particular plane model has been tested for icy weather and experts have stated that ice being the cause is unlikely.
In my time working for Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, I helped organize and conduct a weekly campaign where youth activists stood outside of Feldkamp’s mini-mansion in Redlands holding fetal development signs and raising community awareness regarding Feldkamp’s dealings in child murder for profit. Every Thursday afternoon we called upon Bud and his wife Pam to repent, seek God’s blessing and separate themselves from the practice of child killing.
We warned him, for his children’s sake, to wash his hands of the innocent blood he assisted in spilling because, as Scripture warns, if “you did not hate bloodshed, bloodshed will pursue you”. (Ezekiel 35:6)
A news source states that Bud Feldkamp visited the site of the crash with his wife and their two surviving children on Monday. As they stood near the twisted and charred debris talking with investigators, light snow fell on the tarps that covered the remains of their children.
I don’t want to turn this tragic event into some creepy spiritual ‘I told you so’ moment, but I think of the time spent outside of Feldkamp’s – Pam Feldkamp laughing at the fetal development signs, Bud Feldkamp trying not to make eye contact as he got into his car with a small child in tow – and I think of the haunting words, ‘Think of your children.’ I wonder if those words were haunting Feldkamp as well as he stood in the snow among the remains of loved ones, just feet from the ‘Tomb of the Unborn’?
I only hope and pray that in the face of this tragedy, Feldkamp recognizes his need for repentance and reformation. I pray that God will use this unfortunate catastrophe to soften the hearts of Bud and Pam and that they will draw close to the Lord and wash their hands of the blood of thousands of innocent children, each as precious and irreplaceable as their own.
I think that Gingi Edmonds could use our prayers, too. Don’t you think?