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Monday 23 April 2018

Survivor of plane crash says experience was 'the best thing to ever happen' to him

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

A man who narrowly survived a plane crash has shared his experience on Reddit, writing that the crash was "possibly the best thing to ever happen to me".

In July 2012, Michael Cho was a passenger on a small aircraft which crash landed into the sea, killing the pilot and almost killing him.

He was researching an investment opportunity in a unique kind of 'seaplane' built by a South Korean aircraft company when the plane hit the water and sank.

"The next thing I knew I was already drowning", Cho wrote on his blog.

Answering questions on Reddit, Cho wrote that the crash was "possibly the best thing that happened in my life" as it made him reassess everything.

He explained that in the moments where he thought he was about to "black out", he felt "super regretful for not leading a more meaningful life".

"Being so close to death really liberated me from the shackles of what I was pretending to be (mostly to look good to others or feel good about myself) and instead gave me the courage to go after things that truly mean something to me".

"I can't say I'm ready to die now, but if it comes today, I'd say I'm a lot more at peace with what I've done with my life since the crash instead of being full of regrets, which was how I felt when I was drowning in that plane".

He told Reddit users that he doesn't suffer from PTSD after the incident, but often thinks of the pilot who did not get out alive.

"As for the pilot, I thought about him a lot. I know he has a wife and a daughter, and I sometimes think about if I could have done more to get him out of the cabin".

Cho survived the plane crash thanks to a trapped pocket of air at the top of the rapidly-filling cabin. He then swam through the submerged door of the plane to emerge in the open water.

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