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Reuben Bakker, Boulder plane crash survivors on the Today Show: Tough luck, Westboro Baptist Church

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Survivors of terrible accidents are often sought-after guests for network news shows -- especially when there's footage of the catastrophe they narrowly avoided. It's no surprise, then, that Reuben Bakker, the pilot of a glider that managed to fly through the wreckage of two planes destroyed during a mid-air collision in Boulder over the weekend, as well as Brandi Hepburn and her son, Bakker's passengers, were guests of honor on this morning's episode of the

Today Show

.

As you can see in the clip above, Bakker, wearing a boldly colored shirt that looked oddly like a different kind of explosion, calmly explained his heroic actions as video of the crash that took three lives looped in the background. The three are lucky to be alive -- and fortunate not to have their funerals targeted by Kansas's Westboro Baptist Church simply for having perished near the godless town of Boulder.

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