Wednesday 16 January 2019

'My Heather's a strong woman and won't let this put her off flying'

CRASH survivor Heather Elliott won't be deterred from flying again, her family say.

The mother-of-two (42) was travelling to visit her mother Roma Pearle in Kinsale.

Mrs Elliott, who was born in Cork but lives in Belfast, was sitting close to the wing and was pulled from the wreckage.

The only woman on board, she had an operation for her injuries last night and had her gall bladder removed.

She also suffered fractures of ribs and pelvis but is expected to make a full recovery.

This morning her mother Roma (84) said: "I spoke to her briefly by phone in the hospital, she seemed fairly upbeat considering what had happened."

And she described her brave daughter as "a fighter".

"I don't think this will put Heather off flying somehow, she's a strong woman," said Mrs Pearle.

She said that she had travelled on the same airplane many times, visiting her daughter in Belfast.

"I got a terrible fright and I didn't know what to think," she said.

"I could remember how small the plane is, with its single rows of seats, and I was trying to imagine it."


"Then later I saw the pictures and wondered how anyone could have survived."

Mrs Elliott, who is married to Stephen Elliott, has three children in their teens and 20s, Peter, David and Jennifer.

Her daughter Jennifer, who was born in Northern Ireland, is engaged to Irish international cricketer Gary Wilson.


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