I witnessed the engine coming apart on Southwest Flight 3472, last Saturday August 27, 2016. I can tell you that there aren't any words that will take away the trauma I endured that day. Am I grateful that we landed? Absolutely. Does that take away ANY of the feelings I felt (and still feel)? NO. As a passenger, I do not have the knowledge of planes and how they work, so therefore for 20 minutes I felt absolute sheer terror...wondering what was going to fall off next, how is this plane going to stay together, and what it was going to be like to die. I am not exaggerating... This is my life now. I have had people say and state on social media, well at least you had one engine and a plane can fly on one engine. Honestly that is not the first thing I thought about (actually I never thought about that), what I thought was, "OH MY GOD I'M GOING TO DIE!" There was a loud boom and the plane shook violently, pieces flew off of the engine, then the plane swerved back and forth and started to descend. Oxygen masks dropped. It's hard for me to believe that anyone would think, "oh, it's okay we still have one engine"!! But that is what I hear and see a lot... Comments like that. So, yes I am very thankful that the pilot and crew were able to land us safe, but just for the record, not everyone is "okay". There are many of us, probably 105, who are dealing with Post Traumatic Stress, so to say, "the plane landed safely and everyone is okay" is so untrue...because we are not okay...many of us are dealing with the most scariest thing that I hope will never happen, and we are changed forever.
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