CREATED Jul. 6, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Passengers say there was no warning, no sign anything was wrong.
"Yeah, it was perfect the whole time," one survivor, Elliott Stone, said. "We were ten seconds from being home."
But, that ten seconds was followed by a nightmare scenario.
"The moment it touched the runway," another passenger, Vedpal Singh, recalled. "It was bang! We realized that something was wrong. Something terrible has happened."
A horrifying crash that's left a nation in shock.
"All the sudden the engine [made a weird noise] like he sped up, like the pilot knew he was short, and then just boom," Stone said. "The back end just hit and flies up in the air, and everybody's head goes up to the ceiling, and then it just kind of drifts for a little bit, probably a good 300 yards, and it tips over, fire starts, everybody's pushing the doors out."
Hundreds of people panicked, just trying to survive.
"It's difficult. Your instincts take over. You really don't know what's going on," Singh remembered.
Passengers waiting for help while surrounded by devastation.
"Twenty minutes later, this lady just appears from like 500 yards away just crippled walking in the flames, so we start running over, and there's like another 5 bodies that were 500 yards away that nobody saw," Stone said.
And on the outside, those who saw it all stand by watching in horror as those who survived try to grasp what had just happened.