Smith jumps out of airplane

Friday, August 16th, 2002 - 9:09 pm PDT

Defying death, The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith today jumped out of an passenger airplane without so much as a parachute. “It was the thrill of a lifetime,” commented Smith later on his foolhardy act of insane bravado, “I don’t think I’d ever do it again, and I’m very glad to be alive, but it sure was a hell of a rush!” After sailing through the air, Smith landed on his own two feet without so much as toppling to one side or the other. He then walked away without injury. Experts believe Smith was able to survive such a jump unharmed only because the plane was grounded, docked, and not moving at the time.