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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

World

'It's miraculous we survived': Indian passenger on San Francisco crash
PTI
San Francisco, July 07, 2013
First Published: 13:16 IST(7/7/2013)
Last Updated: 13:18 IST(7/7/2013)

Vedpal Singh, an Indian who was on board the ill-fated flight of South Korea's Asiana Airlines and miraculously survived along with his family, has said that there was no forewarning before the plane crashed.

"It's miraculous we survived," he said, recalling his ordeal when the plane with 307 people on board hit the runway and was engulfed by flames while landing at San Francisco airport on Saturday.

"We knew something was horribly wrong," he said. But there was no forewarning from the pilot or any crew members before the flight from Seoul to San Francisco touched down hard, a visibly shaken Singh said.

He said the plane went silent before people tried to get out anyway they could, recalling his escape from the burned-out wreckage of the Boeing 777.

Singh, who was sitting in the middle of the aircraft and survived the crash with his family, suffered a fractured collarbone and other minor injuries.

His 15-year-old son said luggage fell on passengers overhead as the entire incident lasted about 10 seconds.

At least two people were killed and over 180 injured when Asiana Airlines flight OZ214 hit the runway and engulfed by flames while landing at San Francisco International Airport.


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