Plane propeller comes through window, just misses woman

Plane Propeller Comes Through Window, Just Misses Woman

A passenger on an Air Canada flight is saying she could have been killed during an emergency landing Thursday.

Passenger Christina Kurylo told Global News "I am very blessed to be where I am right now. I could've died."

That woman's story has moved to the forefront of the news about this landing. She was nearly struck when the plane's propeller actually came through the wall of the plane.

A propeller launched between two window seats. Christina Kurylo was sitting in one of them.

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Christina Kurylo (right) who was hit in the head with a propeller.

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An Air Jazz plane. Not the one that crashed.

Passenger Melissa Menard said "It literally was inches away from killing someone. They just got lucky that it didn't."

Seventy-five people were on board the plane. It blew a tire as it left Calgary and had to make an emergency landing in Edmonton just a few minutes later. When it tried to land, the right landing gear collapsed.

One passenger told CBC "You could smell the hot asphalt and the hot metal just ripping through the ground. It was terrifying."

Kurylo credits the stranger in the seat next to her for getting her off the plane safely. She was dazed, and the plane was starting to fill with smoke.

Reports vary, but three or four people were sent to the hospital with minor injuries.

Kurylo was one of those people - she had a concussion and bruises. Now, Global News spoke with one aviation expert who says this plane has a good history considering how many flights this model makes compared to how many incidents it's had.

Aviation expert Thomas Hinderks told Global News "The landing itself, you can tell they did an excellent job. ... They did everything right."

According to the Edmonton Journal, a mechanical investigation is underway to determine how the propeller got through that window.

And CTV reports Air Canada is reaching out to passengers to discuss compensation.

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