08/13/18 Chicago Tribune
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The Rev. Esequiel Sanchez, one of several Chicago survivors of a July plane crash in Mexico, shared his experiences Sunday while celebrating his first Mass since the accident.
Sanchez said during the bilingual Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines that a near-death experience makes one ask the question: “What if?” It’s a question that people tend to ignore in everyday life, but facing death makes one reflect on life, he said.
“If God gives us another opportunity, it’s because we must serve,” he said.
Sanchez was one of 102 people, including many from the Chicago area, aboard Aeromexico Flight 2431 traveling from Durango to Mexico City on July 31. The plane was caught in a microburst and shortly after takeoff crashed to the ground and burst into flames, Mexican authorities said.