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Flight to Heaven: A Plane Crash...A Lone Survivor...A Journey to Heaven--and Back

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Flight to Heaven: A Plane Crash...A Lone Survivor...A Journey to Heaven--and Back

Flight To Heaven is a beautifully written and amazing account of life, death - and life again. In the early days of his flying career, Capt. Dale Black was a passenger in a horrific airplane crash which some have called the most ironic in aviation history. He was the only survivor. In the grue
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jun 11, 2010 Nancy rated it really liked it
Dale Black was 19 and probably pretty arrogant when he got his pilot's license. He'd just been kicked out of college and didn't really care. He hopped into an airplane with two other pilots who had more experience and was ushered to the back seat, mere inches from the pilots. Minutes later, the acting pilot took off without gaining proper air speed. The airplane began losing altitude and, ironically, smashed into a memorial structure built to honor pilots who had previously died called "Portal o ...more
Apr 19, 2013 Dianne rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Captain Black is a retired pilot who was the only survivor of an "unsurvivable" plane crash when he was a young man. He sustained horrific injuries that were expected to cripple him for life, but he was determined to fly again. He had the faith to ask for healing and believe he would receive it, faith that came from an incredible thing he experienced after the accident.

While he was in a coma, Dale Black went to Heaven. What he saw, heard and felt there changed his life. He talks about angels, mu
Aug 20, 2012 Becky rated it it was amazing
When I was fifteen, six friends and relatives abruptly passed away during a nine month time period. Their sudden passing left me shaken, feeling like my world as I knew it had tilted, and wondering what it was like for my loved ones now. My grief and questioning led me to a deeper faith in God through Jesus Christ.

I have remained very curious about what we have in store for us when we leave this life, and what it is like for my friends and relatives. I have read the descriptions of Heaven in t
Jul 22, 2010 Dominique rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dominique by: Bethany Publishing
If you read one book this year, let it be this one! As someone who has lived with a chronic illness for over 20+ years, and have had my own visit to heaven, this book spoke to me in a powerful and impacting way. Black says, “I didn’t have strength for the whole journey, just enough for the next step.”

That one statement summed up what I have learned after walking out my journey with a chronic illness all these years.

Black open’s his testimony in the middle of a major plane crisis in which the
Lee Price
Mar 07, 2010 Lee Price rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Lee by: Friend
I was given an advance copy of Flight to Heaven by a friend, having read no less than fifty books about life after death, heaven and NDE (near death experiences). Without doubt Flight to Heaven by Capt. Dale Black is the most comprehensive description of heaven I’ve ever read. The book kept me on the edge of my seat from cover to cover but the concepts regarding heaven were a little deep for me at first. The story was very credible, even to my critical mind, but as such, I was not able to fully ...more
Stephen Beecroft
Apr 16, 2014 Stephen Beecroft rated it it was ok
This book is not "litt-ra-chaw"; it is a testimonial. As such, I approach it differently from fiction or even from other non-fiction. While I expect such a book to conform to minimal standards of literacy, such as complete sentences and reasonable fluidity, my main criterion is how the book moved me. Was it believable? Did I learn anything important and/or new? Did I gain insight?

As a Christian (Latter-day Saint), I am somewhat predisposed to look sympathetically on NDE stories, and I had heard
Karen & Gerard
I never read a book like this before. It is Captain Black’s true story about his Flight to Heaven—a plane crash…a lone survivor…A Journey To Heaven—And Back. At age 19, he was the lone survivor in a plane crash. His body was wrecked and he was in a coma for three days, during which time he experienced a bit of heaven. His story is both interesting and amazing! The book takes the reader through his spiritual journey as well as his physical one of making a recovery to fly again just a year after h ...more
Margaret Douglas
Sep 12, 2013 Margaret Douglas rated it it was amazing
More than one book referencing an 'out of body' experience appeared to dominate my view of the smallest rack in a garage convenience store as I was travelling out of the hot Arizona desert to enjoy cooler climes. Why I chose this one is somewhat of a mystery because although I was familiar with the other titles, I had not read any of them. On reflection I am so very glad I chose Flight to Heaven. Faced with what appears to be an insurmountable task of overcoming horrendous injuries when Capt. Bl ...more
Kate Scott
Aug 16, 2010 Kate Scott rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
I was a little apprehensive about this book when I first started reading, as I always am with books about near-death experiences involving trips to or visions of heaven, hell, and everywhere in between. I had previously read 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper, which I wasn’t thrilled with. In addition to the weak writing, I was disappointed to read Tim Challies’ review at Discerning Reader which denounced the book as theologically incorrect. (I’m no theologian, but I think it’s important to exerc ...more
Mar 29, 2013 Bridget rated it it was ok
1.5 stars.

I expected the book to be more focused on the journey to Heaven, but the book was mostly about the plane crash and the survivor's recovery. I did like the parts where the survivor put his faith in God to heal him when modern medicine could not. But preachy Bible verses and attempts to convert people to believing in Jesus Christ by asking them if they knew Jesus seemed awkward and forced.
Sian Barry
Apr 24, 2015 Sian Barry rated it liked it
This book restored a lot of my faith in God. Due to, what seems never ending obstacles in my life over the past few years, my faith in God has been shaken, but through reading Dale's beautiful story, and incredible description of heaven, I feel a lot closer to God than I have in a while.
Apr 09, 2015 Bristyl rated it it was amazing
I really appreciate how Dale was able to find and then share his love for Jesus Christ. Even though his expressions are different from mine, his life is an inspiring tribute to his Savior. The book is uplifting and heartwarming.
Feb 02, 2017 Bskidmore rated it liked it
It is unbelievable that this man survived this crash. They found parts of his shoulder bone (which exploded on impact) throughout his body.....among other incomprehensible injuries. It made me think about how much differently I'd be living if I knew I had "been spared" from dying. Makes me want to live each day with a little more purpose!
Caren Michael
Nov 02, 2016 Caren Michael rated it it was amazing
I loved the spiritual transformation in the pilot- even more than the journey to heaven. It was so neat to read about his urgency to witness once God gave him a deep love for people. I really enjoyed the book.
Scott Harrell
A little NDE, a little aviation, a little Born-again. I like it because it covers familiar turf - from Burbank & Pasadena to Long Beach & Los Alamitos
haley martin
Mar 09, 2017 haley martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Good story had to read it all in one sitting hard. To put down didn't get to bed until after midnight an excellent read.
Feb 13, 2017 Lizzie rated it it was amazing
You NEED to read this. I laughed, cried, gasped and even prayed!
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Tuesday, May 22 - 01:16 - 41,000 feet
Somewhere over Zambia, Africa

“All passengers and crew will be dead in twenty seven minutes if something drastic doesn’t change. And I will be responsible.”

So begins the story of Capt Dale Black, an airplane pilot who has just found himself in the midst of a dire situation. His story is a chilling account of his traumatic accident and near death experience but it is also an uplifting story about his miraculous recovery, his glimpse of heaven and his message
Aug 24, 2010 Hattie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FLIGHT to HEAVEN BY CAPT. DALE BLACK is a "A PILOT'S TRUE STORY." Capt. Dale Black is a strong man. Unexpectedly one day his whole life changes while he rides in a two engine plane with two other men. The pilot can see nothing in the dark. Soon the plane crashes leaving two of the men dead. Capt. Dale Black is rescued. However, almost every part of his body is broken, smashed or shaved off. Part of his face is shaved off. Living with all of these injuries he also has to live with the guilt of be ...more
At the age of 19, Dale Black survived what the FAA described as an unsurvivable plane crash. Although he had a near-death, journey-to-Heaven experience, he was in a coma and didn't remember it for some time. After he remembered it, he discussed it with his grandfather/mentor, who told him he could tell the world about the experience and get a lot of attention or he could he could treat it as a sacred experience between him and God until he felt sure that God wanted him to tell his story. He deci ...more
Jul 14, 2010 Evelyn rated it it was amazing
Here's a quick summary from the back cover:
"Capt. Dale Black has flown as a commercial pilot all over the world, but one flight changed his life forever - an amazing journey to heaven and back. The only survivor of a horrific plane crash, Dale was hovering between life and death when he had a wondrous experience of heaven."

And now, my thoughts...
I know that books like these can bring out the skeptic in us, but frankly, I don't care. I really, really enjoyed this book, and am proud to say it! The
Clark Goble
Aug 23, 2016 Clark Goble rated it really liked it
I have a love/hate relationship with audio books. While I love the idea of them, I typically hate actually listening to them. This book was an exception to that rule. Read in the author's own voice, Flight to Heaven: A Plane Crash ... A Lone Survivor ... A Journey to Heaven -- and Back is pilot Dale Black's story of surviving a horrific plane crash.

As the title suggests, Dale Black submits that after his crash he visited Heaven. This fact alone almost caused me to dismiss the book. Why? Perhaps
Jul 16, 2010 Cafelilybookreviews rated it liked it
Captain Dale Black, a retired airline pilot, spent six years working on his autobiography, which would tell the story of his trip to Heaven. Although he was content to keep his experience private, after forty years of silence, Dale felt that God led him to share his story publicly.

Flight To Heaven is the account of the horrific plane crash in 1969 that Dale miraculously survived, while the other two men in the plane perished. Although Dale was in a coma, he tells of an out of body experience in
Trinity Rose
Aug 05, 2010 Trinity Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing true story. Dale Black was 19, a normal rebellious teenager. More than anything Dale loved to fly. He worked very hard to be able to afford lessons and got his pilot licenses. He went on a flight with two friends and at take off a horrible accident happened. Dale’s two friends were killed and he survived. Amazingly Dale didn’t have any internal injuries. While Dale was in a coma he visited Heaven.
Only two chapters are about his Heavenly visit, but they are precious. I love to
Dec 10, 2016 Roger rated it it was amazing
What a great read! This story is amazing and full of emotion, especially about your faith in God.
Lots of tear shed. Dale Black is truly a soldier for Christ. Thank you Dale for sharing. You will not be sorry you read this book.
Jul 25, 2010 Sara rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! I’ll admit that I was a bit disappointed to begin with because I assumed that Dale was the lone survivor of a commercial airliner crash, as opposed to a smaller aircraft; however, I found myself quickly caught up in the Dale’s story. It is hard to to imagine that he survived a crash that the FAA classified as “non-survivable;” but not only did he survive, he overcame his injuries and continued on to become a commercial pilot.

Dale’s journey to Heaven made him a changed man
Cheri Swalwell
Feb 15, 2014 Cheri Swalwell rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading A Flight to Heaven by Captain Dale Black. This wasn’t your typical
“heavenly experience” book. I love reading those books too - about people who have died and gone to Heaven and then been brought back to life, which is why I read this book to begin with, but this one was so much more.
I love how the majority of the book focused on Captain Black’s life both before and after the crash. I love how he took us through his spiritual experiences and how his heavenly experience c
Jul 22, 2010 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Flight to Heaven by Capt. Dale Black is his true life experience of being the only survivor in a horrific plane crash.
The author starts his story out trying to land a commercial plane and experiencing some problems. He mind then flashes back to another flight, a crash actually where he was the only survivor.
The year was 1969 and Capt. Black was just 19, and he had just gotten his pilots license. He is in a small plane with two other people, one his mentor and the other person a newly licensed pi
Isabella Hereira De Castro
"Cualquier cosa que sea el cielo, es donde la luz, el amor y la vida existen en el centro del universo"

Ya hace un tiempo terminé de leer este libro y no me arrepiento para nada, fue una bendición para mi vida y me hizo ver de forma diferente algunas cosas.

Este libro, a groso modo, habla del testimonio de vida del Capitan Dale Black, allí relato como un accidente aéreo cambió su vida radicalmente. Si bien uno cree que todo el libro habla de su experiencia en el cielo, se esta muy equivocado,aunq
Eric Layton
Aug 03, 2010 Eric Layton rated it it was amazing
A Definite 5-Stars for “Flight To Heaven”
I purchased this book as a gift for my dad but soon after I returned home I discovered a real problem existed. I couldn't put it down. What an awesome read! I am going to order several copies of Flight to Heaven to distribute to our pastor and church members, as well as all around our area, at hospitals, airports, libraries, etc. My father and I are also airline pilots, though he is now retired. Both of us have finished reading the book and rate it easil
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