A family caught in the mountains during a treacherous storm needs a Christmas miracle
It was 1979, two days before Christmas and two weeks after Connie's mom died after a long illness.
She was only 15.
Her dad wanted to get away, and do something fun to take the family's mind off what happened.
Her father was a pilot.
So Connie, her two sisters, her grandmother and father took off in a plane to see her family in California.
Unfortunately, they never got there.
The weather changed suddenly.
A storm rolled in and clouds, wind and snow covered the mountain peaks.Her dad turned the plane around, but a downdraft caught it and forced them to crash on a mountaintop in Rocky Mountain National Park.Her dad survived, but broke his back.Connie and her sisters were OK.Her grandmother was killed.They were in a lot of trouble.For two days, they lived in the wreckage through 100 mile and hour winds and temperatures of 40 below.Some of the windows had shattered, so it was extremely cold inside the plane.They couldn't start a fire because they weren't able to shut off one of the fuel tanks.It was dire.
Connie remembers thinking “tomorrow [it's] Christmas, and we need a miracle”.When she woke up Christmas morning, the clouds parted to reveal a blue sky, and the wind died down a little.That's when she heard a plane overhead.She got out on the wing, and waved bright-colored clothes.The pilot flying overhead tipped his wings.He saw her.She knew they would be saved.