I cannot explain my ability to encounter the non-material aspects of the world. Over the course of the last year I have paid more attention to this ability, and made myself available for whatever was required. Although I no longer record every contact, in May 2016 it was my practice to write down everything. It was never my intention to publish these letters, but recently it has been indicated that this is what I must do.
According to Wikipedia, on 19th May 2016 at 02:33 (UTC+2) EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed into the Mediterranean with the loss of all lives. These letters are a record of the last moments of two people on board. The date and time at which this information was recorded is noted.
Please note that the term ‘wife’ in Letter One may in fact indicate a close female relative. I have made no attempt to verify the accuracy of this information and I apologise if the publication of these letters causes distress to the families involved.
The veracity of these letters lies not in their witness to a tragic event, but as a moving testament to peace and love.
May their souls rest in peace.
I sensed that something was wrong. I have a lot of experience. I don’t know how I knew, I just knew. I saw a light had come on that should not have been there and then one for smoke in the cockpit. Since the two things are unrelated I knew we had a problem. I started to alert the co-pilot and then, as we were talking, we both smelled smoke. Then we suddenly lost altitude. The lights were working but the electronics were not.
I told the co-pilot to talk to the passengers and to tell them to go to the back of the plane. I knew we had very little time and that if the engine blew people might survive if they were at the back.
I then had 30 seconds before it all went up. There was clearly a fire. I didn’t know if it was a bomb. I was able to pray. I prayed to Allah for the souls of everybody on board. I leave behind a wife and four children, we were so happy.
I accept my death. I pray to god that he will look after my wife and bless my children.
Pilot, 22nd May 2016 (16.45 UTC+11).
I truly never believed this would happen. I have been flying a long time. Things changed after the Spring Uprising, my work was suddenly so important.
Not a bomb – so important that people know it wasn’t a bomb. It’s so important that people know that Muslims want peace. But sometimes peace feels so far away. Before I died I prayed to Allah for peace. I prayed that the brave men and women would go to heaven.
Travelling with my son. I wish to pray for his family, how will they survive?
Woman, 60+, 22nd May 2016 (19.15 UTC+11)