Ailing televangelist Ernest Angley of Grace Cathedral in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, reportedly cannot pay to fix the Boeing 747 jet, known as the “Star Triple Seven,” his ministry uses for mission trips. It has been wasting away at the Pinal Airpark in Marana, Arizona, for the last 19 months.
Sources told the Beacon Journal that the jet will likely not be back in operation because it needs a part necessary for landing that would cost Grace Cathedral six-figures, which the ministry does not have. Pilots also refer to the Pinal Airpark as a “boneyard” because many of the aircraft that are stored there are eventually used for parts and scrapped.
“The value in that plane is parts, and I will tell you even if they parted the whole plane out, I would say you’d be lucky to get a million bucks,” the source said.
The Christian Post reached out to Grace Cathedral for comment on the report Friday but a ministry official who declined to identify herself said the ministry would not be responding to the report.
The Journal noted that the ministry jet used by the 98-year-old Angley’s ministry had been costly to maintain. Just to fill up the 48,000-gallon fuel tank with Grade-A jet fuel would set the church back more than $145,000. Add costs such as landing fees, regular maintenance and other incidentals and the cost to the church becomes more burdensome for Angley, who has reportedly not been in church for some time due to health concerns.
The “Star Triple Seven” was previously flown as a V.I.P. aircraft by the United Arab Emirates after it was acquired from American Airlines, which operated the 39-year-old jet as a passenger aircraft from the 1980s to the early 1990s. It was sold to Angley’s ministry in 2004.
Angley’s ministry has been struggling in recent years with a number of lawsuits and allegations of sexual impropriety.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair