Survivors of Nepal plane crash: ‘It is a miracle that I am alive’

March 14, 2018 12:45 PM

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KATHMANDU, Nepal—Survivors of this week’s plane crash at Nepal’s main airport said Wednesday that it was a miracle they survived an accident that killed 49 of the 71 people on board.

Shorna Huggain of Bangladesh, who was a passenger on the US-Bangla Airlines flight when it crashed Monday while attempting to land at Kathmandu’s airport, said her husband saved her life.

“I thought I was going to die because I inhaled a lot of smoke, but I did not want to die,” Huggain said from her hospital bed, recalling how she was pinned in her seat after the crash.

“Finally, my husband was able to pull me out of the plane, and moments later it burst into flames,” she said. “My husband saved my life.”

Another passenger, Nepalese travel entrepreneur Keshav Pandey, said he was lucky to survive with only injuries.

“I have not heard of many people surviving a plane crash, but it is a miracle that I am alive,” Pandey said.

“I guess I lived because the plane crashed on open grounds,” said Pandey, adding that he does not remember much but believes he was ejected from the plane when it broke on impact.


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