East Jamaica Conference
President Injured in Plane Crash
BY NIGEL COKE, communication director, West Indies Union
astor Adrian Cotterell, president of the East Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is among the more than 40 persons who were reported to be injured when American Airlines Flight # 331 crashed while landing at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica at approximately 10:25 p.m. on December 22, 2009. There were 148 passengers and crew on board. Pastor Cotterell was released from hospital after being treated for minor injuries.
"I have to give God thanks in spite of everything," said Pastor Cotterell. "I have nothing that I had brought on the flight, but I have life. It was a rough trip from Miami, with turbulences for most part of it. It's a miracle of God that everyone who was aboard the flight is alive."
"We are giving God thanks this morning that no lives were lost," said Pastor Derek Bignall, president of the Adventist Church in the West Indies. Our prayers are with those who were badly injured and are still in pain…."
Heavy rains were reported at the time of the accident.