Sur­vivors say it’s mir­a­cle they’re alive:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.” Hug­gain’s brother-in-law died in the crash. 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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