RALEIGH, N.C. — A copilot who was bumped from flying one of the hijacked planes on 9/11 believes he’s living on borrowed time.

Steve Scheibner was a pastor in 2001, dividing his time between ministry and flying for American Airlines.

On Sept. 10, he volunteered to fly the next day’s Flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles, but a more senior pilot bumped him from one of the flights that wound up being hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center in New York.

Scheibner believes God spared his life but can’t say why the other pilot died instead.

As a Christian, Scheibner believes Jesus took his place by dying on the cross for his sins, so he says, “I know what it’s like to have somebody die in my place — not once, but twice.”

He now heads a ministry called Character Health.