Odessa travelers on Brussels-bound plane narrowly missed deadly attacks

Odessa travelers on Brussels-bound plane narrowly missed deadly attacks

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - More than 30 members of Odessa's First Baptist Church narrowly missed Tuesday morning's deadly terror attacks in Brussels.

Their plane was initially scheduled to land at the Belgian airport targeted by suicide bombers, church leaders confirmed, but was diverted mid-flight to Liege after authorities learned about the blasts.

"'What could have been?' I'm sure was the fear that went through everyone's minds," said First Baptist Church Pastor Jeff Wash.

The church members, led by Pastor Byron McWilliams, were traveling back to Odessa from Israel following a week-long stay in Tel Aviv.

The group planned to board a connecting flight at Zaventem international airport outside Brussels, one of two Belgian locations targeted Tuesday by terrorists.

All were accounted for and uninjured upon arriving in Liege, according to Wash, and boarded another flight Tuesday night to Frankfurt.

The group could spend the next "several days" in transit, he added, as international airports remain on high alert.

"Our hope is that we'll get them home for Easter," he said. "We're just happy that the Lord watched over them and protected them."

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