A mother-of-two has described the terrifying moment she thought her life was about to end when the plane she was on had its tail sliced off in a collision with another aircraft.
Kaarina Barron, 55, a British tourist from Woodley, Berkshire, and her friend Clare Chambers were seated near the back of the plane yesterday when they heard an almighty bang at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey.
The crash “sounded like a bomb had gone off” and it sent passengers on-board flying. One passenger said that everybody was “falling about all over the place”.
It later turned out that the crash was caused by an Asiana Airline plane as it sliced off the tail of the Turkish Airline plane Ms Barron was on. This happened on Sunday afternoon at Istanbul Atatürk Airport, in Turkey.
Ms Barron, who is a business development manager for Qwerty LTD, a printing company in Theale, Berks said: “We’d just pulled into the parking bay. We hadn’t even been stationary for a minute and the engines were still going when there was this huge noise.
“It sounded like a bomb going off and the whole plane seemed to tilt over. I thought it was going to turn over. It leant to one side and then it sort of righted itself. All kinds of things were going through my mind at that point. I thought the plane had blown up.
“It was really scary. For a moment I really thought ‘this is it, this is the end of my life’.”
Ms Barron added: “There were a lot of people standing in the aisle, despite the seatbelt sign still being on. They all went flying. Everybody was falling about all over the place. It was totally surreal. I looked out of the window and saw another plane had stopped right behind us. Then I saw the damage to its wing and I said ‘oh my God, we’ve been hit by another plane”.
According to Ms Barron, the flight was full but nobody was hurt. There were also children aboard the flight. She said the Aviation Fire and Rescue team were soon at the scene of the crash, dousing the rear of the plane with water.
“It could have been a lot worse. We’re feeling very lucky,” she said.