“Global Peace One” – The 747 Flying Deathtrap That Was Purchased By An Evangelist
China Airlines Flight 006 (callsign “Dynasty 006”) was a daily non-stop flight departing from Taipei at 16:15 and scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport at 07:00 local time. On February 19, 1985, it was involved in an aircraft upset accident after the No. 4 engine flamed out. The plane rolled over and plunged 30,000 ft (9,100 m), experiencing high speeds and g-forces (approaching 5g) before the captain was finally able to recover from the rapid dive, and then to divert to San Francisco International Airport.
The Reverend K.A. Paul Purchases the Plane
Through charitable contributions to his organization, several of Paul’s backers provided funds to purchase a 747SP airplane that Paul named “Global Peace Ambassadors” and it flew under the alias “Global Peace One”. Paul used the plane for missions to Third World countries, delivering aid to disaster areas and to countries with people in need. The plane itself had an interesting history, having belonged to China Airlines previously. On February 19, 1985, an engine failed, and the plane, filled with passengers, made an uncontrolled descent from 41000 feet to 9500 feet and made a full 360 degrees aileron roll above the Pacific Ocean on flight from Taipei to Los Angeles before the pilots regained control and landed safely. A former crew member described it as a “flying death trap”. In 2005, the pilot, co-captain and flight engineer quit because of concerns over maintenance and non-payment of debts. The plane was ferried to Tijuana, Mexico, in late 2005 where it remains today. The Federal Aviation Administration has revoked the plane’s operating certificate citing maintenance and airworthiness concerns.
On 22 July 2012, KA Paul was forcefully sent to Erragadda mental hospital. While carrying him to the mental hospital, a short interview was taken by many local channels. KA Paul strongly condemns the way police authorities have been treating him. He blames unnamed political party involvement behind the incident. He suspects a threat to his life in the form of shock treatment.
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