Badly-burned survivor of plane crash that killed 108 has stunning transformation

Kechi Okwuchi, one of the two survivors of the horrifying crash of Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145 on December 10, 2005, has shared amazing images showing how her scars have faded in the 13 years since the accident.

Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145 was on its way from Nigeria's capital, Abuja, to Port Harcourt when it slammed into the ground in an accident blamed on pilot error.

The aircraft, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 with 110 people on board, skidded along a grass strip between Port Harcourt’s runway and a taxiway, slamming into a concrete drainage channel and disintegrating almost completely.

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The cockpit and fuselage slid a further few hundred yards before bursting into flames.

Seven people survived the initial crash but five of them died within hours.

Kechi, who became a successful motivational speaker after the crash as well as becoming a finalist in the 12th season of America's Got Talent in 2017, was one of two survivors.

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She was left with horrifying burns over 65% of her body and had no more than a 30% chance of survival.

Kechi was airlifted to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, for emergency treatment, later being transferred to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Galveston, Texas, where she underwent over 100 reconstructive surgeries.

Kechi, who was 16 at the time of the accident, had been travelling home for Christmas with 60 of her schoolmates from the prestigious Ignatius Loyola Jesuit College, none of whom survived.

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Kechi told CNN: “Before the accident I was very vain and into my looks. I remember the first time seeing my reflection after the accident and it was completely different from the last time I saw myself. But I could still see Kechi. That was the most significant moment in my entire life."

Marking the anniversary of the deadly crash, she tweeted: “Seventeen years since the crash and I have 60 reasons to keep on.

“This year I published a book and became an MBA graduate. I’ll use these things to make you even prouder. To each soul that was lost 17 yrs ago today, our memories of you are fond & you will never be forgotten.”


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