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Miracle survivor of Nepal plane crash has 'just a bruise'

A Dane, who survived a Nepal plane crash this week, miraculously suffered only a bruise. He describes how the plane was "flying low" when "the wing suddenly hit the mountain."

world Updated: May 16, 2012 20:59 IST
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A Dane who survived a Nepal plane crash this week miraculously suffered only a bruise, telling a Danish newspaper today that he and his girlfriend were just glad to be alive.

"There's still something with my leg. Probably a bruise," Andreas Rasch, 30, told the tabloid Ekstra Bladet.

He and his girlfriend Emilie Joergensen, 29, were among six people who survived when their plane crashed into a mountain in the Himalayan country on Monday, killing 15 people.

Joergensen, who spoke to the paper on Monday, had described how the plane was "flying low" when "the wing suddenly hit the mountain."

All the seats were scattered and we were stuck at the back" of the cabin, she said.

"There were feet and legs all over the place. There wasn't a lot of panic but you could hear crying and people saying 'ow, ow'," she recalled.

Yesterday, Rasch said his girlfriend had "probably three fractures to her hip" and that their transfer to a Kathmandu hospital had been painful.

"It was tough in the ambulance. It was an old car that had no shock absorbers," he said.

"We're just happy to be alive. And we're of course sorry that so many others did not survive."

The aircraft belonging to local carrier Agni Air ploughed into the ground just outside Jomsom airport, a gateway to the Annapurna mountain range, shortly after the pilot reported a problem.

First Published: May 16, 2012 20:47 IST

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