A couple in Davis are back home after a few days in the hospital, recovering from injuries they suffered when their plane, Asiana flight 214, crashed Saturday in San Francisco.
Now, Ruben and Belen Vallero are reliving the few seconds of fear that won’t leave their minds.
“I didn’t even feel the spinning. We were just saying, ‘Are we going to survive?'” said Ruben.
The Valleros were on the way home from the Philippines, seated at the front of the plane. They were just about to land at San Francisco International Airport when they heard the sound of the craft’s tail hitting the sea wall.
“I was holding onto him, thinking, ‘If we’re going to die, we’ll die together,'” Belen told FOX40. “And I’m thinking about my grandchildren, who I’m not going to see.”
Things only got worse for the Valleros once they were on the ground – there was screaming, injuries, smoke and chaos.
“The instinct was to get up, run and don’t be burned,” Ruben said. “Because you could smell it; burned plastic and rubber.”
Within a minute, they escaped via an escape slide. A week later, the Valleros tell FOX40 that they can’t believe they were on the flight.
“We’re so lucky we survived. Oh my God. It’s like a second life,” Ruben said.
We’re just thankful we came out alive,” Belen added.
The Valleros suffered broken ribs and internal injuries. They were released from the hospital Tuesday.