Karen Perry was a skilled pilot as well as her ex-husband, Shawn. Karen spent her life learning, researching, teaching and dreaming of flying. It consumed her. In her 20s and 30s that was her passion, her life’s goal to be a pilot and be the best. But things changed when her first child was born, a little girl she named Morgan. She instantly fell in love. Shortly after followed two more children, Logan and Luke. By age 42, Karen had it all – three adorable children, a loving husband and a career (flying) she was passionate about. But while her life sounds like a fairy tail it was full of challenges.
There was a time Karen did not think she would ever have children. She had two tragic health scares she overcame in before the children. Her oldest, Morgan was epileptic with daily episodes and her youngest Luke was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old. When Morgan became ill Karen took a 2 year leave from flying to care for her and find the best medical care possible. When she did return to flying it was as a flight attendant and not a pilot. Her reason for becoming a flight attendant was her ability to have more control over her schedule. She would be able to take care of both her children with special needs and her middle child. As a pilot she would not have had that flexibility. Karen gave up her lifelong dream of becoming a pilot of a Boeing in a blink of an eye because her children meant the world to her.
Then one day, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in 2011, Shawn, the kids and two other skilled pilots took off. Shawn had flown in to take the kids home with him for the 4 day holiday weekend. A typical event for this family. Since both parents were pilots they would fly the kids back and forth while sharing custody of them. The plane took off and six minutes into the flight crashed, head on, into the Superstition Mountain in Arizona. It was surreal. For 2 seasoned pilots to fly directly into a mountain was unbelievable.
In Angels Three – The Karen Perry Story you will see how Karen Perry deals with the tragic loss of her three lovely children while searching for answers. How did this happen? Why? And how she comes to peace with what transpired that day in the air. As a mother with a mom who is a pilot I found this story to be close to home. It touched my heart. The sorrow that comes for losing a child is something I would never want for anyone, let alone losing three. Karen Perry is a remarkable woman and was generous and sharing her journey with us.
Starting November 2nd you will be able to purchase a copy of Angels Three on Amazon.