December 10th, 2008
09:25 PM ET

Erica's News Note

Erica Hill | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

I am often humbled by the kindness and generosity of others, especially in the face of personal tragedy. I cannot stop thinking about the words of Dong Yun Yoon when speaking about the pilot whose plane slammed into Yoon’s home, killing his two infant daughters, his wife and his mother-in-law. "Please pray for him not to suffer from this accident," Yoon told reporters . "He is one of our treasures for the country."

The pilot ejected safely before his plane hit the Yoon home. The latest reports point to an electrical failure as the cause of the crash.

I can’t imagine the pain Mr. Yoon and the pilot are feeling. How do you go from a family of four with two beautiful daughters one moment, to a widowed father of two babies the next?" There is no answer, no handbook, no path laid before you. “I know there are many people who have experienced more terrible things," Yoon said. "But, please, tell me how to do it. I don't know what to do."

I have to believe there is some good in each horrible moment, a glimmer of hope and joy amidst the terror and tragedy. Mr Yoon’s selfless words are that little glimmer, and they are an inspiration.


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Pam

    Hi Erica,

    Yes the Korean man's words were so kind, it made me weepy. I pray that he will have family and community to help him through this difficult time. The pilot as well, I am sure he is feeling so much guilt and dispair as well.

    December 10, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    Mr. Yoon is an inspiration – in the midst of his grief to think of the pilot in the way that he did is awesome. I feel for Mr. Yoon; I can think of no worse thing to happen to anyone. I will be thinking of him in the days ahead and I hope he will be alright in the end.

    December 10, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  3. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Hi Erica,
    We really can be inspired by Mr. Yoon. He already made such a difference in people's lives. Inspiration, is a very powerful healing tool. My thoughts and prayers are with him tonight.

    December 10, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  4. Brandi - bottom of the boot


    I agree with you completely about Mr. Yoon. I wept for him and the amazing compassion he showed in such a moment. Its hard enough to lose one member of your family, I cant imagine losing them all at once.

    December 10, 2008 at 9:41 pm |