Like ants scurrying life went on far below
while several miles in the sky
an airline pilot knew there was a problem
the passengers were aware
after the shudder and bangs occurred
the assurances all were absurd!
Fear was etched on the air stewards faces
as the plane rapidly lost elevation
both the pilots struggling to regain control
passengers to filled with dread
oxygen masks came rapidly into their view
another bang as left engine blew!
Alarms sounded it was heading for the ground
no panic yet an expectation
nor screams or crying but a disturbing calm
each felt this their final destination
emergency crews ready at the nearby airport
impacting runway that was too short!
Crashing onto the tarmac at too high a speed
metal grating as plane ripped apart
fuel igniting spilling out of ruptured tanks
fire truck ready with foam spray
those inside waited for broken plane to stop
heading for a sheer drop!
With inches to spare the plane came to rest
now a raging fire people still alive
rescuers there to save to help survivors
fearing the worst they strived
to quell the savage flames and get them out
had anybody lived there was doubt!
For some astounding reason all were spared
now and forever a bond they shared!
The cause of the near disaster yet to be determined!