Sole survivor of plane crash talks 25 years later

by lmallernee | August 15th, 2012

August 15, 2012

Tomorrow there will be a memorial in Romulus, Michigan, on the 25th anniversary of what remains one of the worst disasters in U.S. aviation history, reports NBC.

150 people onboard the Northwest Airlines Flight 255 died when the plane exploded shortly after takeoff in 1987. But there was a sole survivor—a four-year-old girl.

Shielded by her mother’s body, she was found among the wreckage when a paramedic spotted her arm and heard her moaning. The child suffered a fractured skull, a broken leg and collarbone, and third-degree burns covering 30 percent of her body.

After 25 years, the now 29-year-old woman has broken her silence and granted her first interview since the tragedy, excerpts of which aired Tuesday on NBC’s Today show.

She tells her story in a yet to be released documentary Sole Survivor, which features several plane crash survivors.

“I think about the accident every day,’’ she told the filmmakers. “It’s kind of hard not to think about it. When I look in the mirror, I have visual scars.’’

The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the crash was caused when the slats and flaps on the plane were not extended by the flight crew.

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