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As a young girl, Laurie Johnson says she always thought that as long as she obeyed the rules and obeyed God, she would be rewarded with a happy life and a happy ending.

For awhile, blessings filled Laurie's life with joy. She married Clyde, her college sweetheart, and after years of trying to conceive, she gave birth to their baby boy, Macallan. "The three of us became this trio and we needed nothing else," she says.

In 2002, Laurie and her husband asked a friend to fly them to Idaho in his private plane to celebrate Macallan's 2nd birthday. "Macallan was this lively bundle of energy," she says. "He was running around on the tarmac, and he had his little sunglasses on and his baseball cap."

As they took off and ascended into the clouds, Laurie says she looked back and saw that contentment on her son's face.

Then, 15 minutes into the flight, something went terribly wrong.
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Published on March 01, 2007

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