Ron Luce: It's a Miracle His Daughter Is Alive

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Teen Mania founder Ron Luce said he didn't recognize the voice of the woman who phoned Friday to say his daughter Hannah was with her.

He wondered how that could be when Hannah was on a plane, headed to a Teen Mania rally in Iowa. Luce said he asked where the plane was, and the woman said it was burning off in the distance.

Twenty-two year old Hannah Luce is the only survivor among five people in the twin-engine Cessna that crashed Friday in Chanuth, Kansas. She is listed in stable but serious condition at the University of Kansas hospital in Kansas City. She suffered burns to her hand and legs and underwent skin graft surgery on Monday

Three companions aboard the flight, Stephen Luth, Luke Sheets, and Garrett Coble, died at the scene of the accident.

"The fact that Hannah is here with us is a miracle, and while I am overjoyed and so thankful to God that she's here, I am also deeply saddened at the loss of Austin, Stephen, Garrett and Luke," Ron Luce wrote on his blog Tuesday.

"I can't even begin to understand the pain their parents are feeling right now," he said.

Twenty-seven year old Austin Anderson, who Luce said helped his daughter escape from the wreckage, died early Saturday at a hospital in Wichita.

Luce said Anderson was a Teen Mania employee and former Marine who served two tours of duty in Iraq.

The National Transportation Safety Board has finished documenting the scene of the crash and will soon issue a preliminary report. A final report citing a determined probable cause likely won't be released until some time next year. 

Hanna Luce is expected to remain hospitalized in Kansas City, Kansas, for two to three weeks. Funeral services for the victims will be held this week.

"I ask you to continue praying for the families and loved ones these men have left behind," Luce said. "This is going to be a very difficult week for the families, and they especially need your prayers of God's supernatural peace and love to surround them at this time."

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