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If there’s one thing that united mankind, it is our collective fear of dying in a plane crash.

No aircraft in history has been rattled from the sky by turbulence before but that doesn’t stop passengers from screaming, hollering and crying during especially bumpy patches of air.

All except Amy Hurshell, a local primary educator.

Flying into Remienko Memorial Aerodrome earlier today, the 26-year-old reportedly kept her eyes closed and seemed unperturbed by a patch of turbulence somewhere over Toompine today.

Witnesses have told The Advocate that Amy rocked violently along with the plane while those around her clung on for dear life.

One man allegedly suffered a heart attack about the Diamantina Air Freight DC-6 and died right there in his business class seat while his fellow travellers looked on helplessly.

A pilot has also told our reporter that he thought he was going to die.

However, the popular Abercrombie Road Primary School teacher seemed to be the only one on the plane who knew she’d live to educate another day.

The lionhearted Gemini spoke to our reporter moments ago.

“I knew I was going to be OK,” she said.

“Planes don’t crash because of turbulence. They crash because of things like terrorism, poor maintenance and pilots that fuck everything up. That and I had got a stack of reports to get through when I got home so I didn’t really care if I lived or died,”

“I’m not a hero, though. I’m by no means brave. Tired, yeah.”

More to come.



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