Make this page my home page
  1. Drag the home icon in this panel and drop it onto the "house icon" in the tool bar for the browser

  2. Select "Yes" from the popup window and you're done!

Home > Topics > Fire-EMS

Plane held for man visiting dying mom

The man's flight from Calif. was delayed, but flight officials made sure to hold the aircraft in Texas where his mother was

By Genevieve Shaw Brown
ABC News

SAN FRANCISCO — A flight delay nearly cost a man the chance to see his dying mother one last time. But On Jan. 24, employees at United Airlines didn't let that happen.

Kerry Drake's mother was dying. As first reported on, his brother called him to say the time had come. Drake caught the next flight - UA 667, the airline told ABC News - from San Francisco to Lubbock, Texas, with a short 40-minute layover in Houston. The flight from Houston to Lubbock was the last flight that day. He knew it was a risk, but needed to get to his mother as soon as possible.

But the first leg of the flight was delayed because of weather in Boston, where the aircraft was coming from, the airline said.

Full story: Plane Held For Man Visiting Dying Mom

The comments below are member-generated and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of or its staff. If you cannot see comments, try disabling privacy and ad blocking plugins in your browser. All comments must comply with our Member Commenting Policy.
Sara McHale Sara McHale Friday, March 08, 2013 11:34:04 AM Well, there's another good reason to switch to this airline. :) Thank you for mentioning this. I'm sad to read of his loss but glad the man saw his mother one more time thanks to this wonderful airline.
Diane Annas-Calkins Diane Annas-Calkins Friday, March 08, 2013 11:59:07 PM I know what airline I am flying the next time I need to travel! Way to go UA! My sincere sympathies to Mr. Drake - God has a gentle hand on your shoulder through this time.

EMS1 Offers

Sponsored by

We Recommend...

Connect with EMS1

Mobile Apps Facebook Twitter Google+

Get the #1 EMS eNewsletter

Fire Newsletter Sign up for our FREE email roundup of the top news, tips, columns, videos and more, sent 3 times weekly
Enter Email
See Sample

Online Campus Both

Fire-EMS Videos