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A tale of horrifying scenes from survivors

world Updated: Sep 17, 2007 18:53 IST

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Canadian tourist Mildred Furlong thought she would be spending a few days sunbathing on the beaches of one of Thailand's most popular resort islands.



Instead, she found herself groping in the dark in a burning One-Two-Go Airlines plane on Sunday, struggling to escape as smoke and flames filled the cabin. A passenger in front of her was covered in flames and another -- bleeding from the head -- was yelling "My boyfriend. My boyfriend."



"As soon as we hit, everything went dark and everything fell," said Furlong, who was among 42 survivors of the flight from Bangkok. Eighty-eight others died, most of them foreign tourists.



"I felt faint. You felt like you were going to pass out right away," she said at the Bangkok Phuket hospital where she was being treated for minor injuries. "I've never felt anything this intense."



Furlong, a 23-year-old waitress from Prince George, British Columbia, said the plane attempted to land once, ascended and then came down hard a second time and crash landed. As smoke filled the cabin, Furlong climbed through a broken window and onto a wing, where she and others slid to safety.



"It still doesn't feel real," she said.



Other survivors also said the plane landed hard and was out of control.



"Our plane was landing, you can tell it was in trouble, because it kind of landed then came up again the second time," said John Gerard O'Donnell of Ireland, speaking from his hospital bed.