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On May 11, 1996, Demingo Pacheco had a major problem. He was on a tight schedule to catch his plane out of Miami when the left rear tire of his Cadillac blew out on the Palmetto Expressway. For more than hour he sweated under that broiling Florida sun changing that tire. Just as he finished changing the tire, he got a call on his portable phone. It was his mother. She said, "Where are you?"

He said, "I’m stuck on the freeway, having just hanged a flat tire, and I have missed my flight."

She shouted, "Turn on your radio and thank God. The plane you that you were going to be on just crashed in the Everglades."

Demingo Pacheco would have been aboard ValuJet Flight 592 except for that flat tire.

(From a sermon by Ricky Nelms, Joseph, 7/16/2010)

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