Crash survivor tells: I’m devastated but blessed to be alive
fined by the incident that saw her spend her first Christmas without her mother.
“I’m taking my life back. I start by acknowledging the seriously awesome blessing that is happening just by being alive. Right now,” she said.
“I will allow myself to have sad, angry or painful memories. I honour the part of me that needs time to process those memories and feel those emotions.
“But, those memories do not need to dictate the entirety of my life now. Not if I have anything to do with it.
“And these memories certainly don’t dictate my future.”
The EC-120B operated by Hamilton Island Air and piloted by Mr Edwards-Bland ran into suspected engine trouble over Hardy Reef.
According to investigators, Mr Edwards-Bland saw a warning message and an engine malfunction display appear on the control panel before impact.
QUICK THINKING: Pilot Simon Edwards-Bland has been dubbed the Hardy Reef hero after pulling a woman to safety.