An Australian Jewish couple says it was â€œnothing short of a miracleâ€ that they survived a near-disaster in mid-air.
Newlyweds Michelle and Morris Mellinger, from Melbourne, were returning from their honeymoon in Europe last Friday on a Qantas flight from Hong Kong when a suspected exploding oxygen tank blew a hole in the 747â€™s fuselage, prompting the aircraft to lose cabin pressure and oxygen masks to appear as the flight almost nosedived into the South China Sea.
â€œA greater power decided our number wasnâ€™t up yet,â€ Michelle Mellinger told the Australian Jewish News. â€œIâ€™m not a religious person, but for us to get out of this was nothing short of a miracle. She said she was going to synagogue “definitely, to say thanks.â€
The Mellingers were among 346 passengers who all survived the mid-air scare. The plane managed to make an emergency landing in Manila. All passengers and crew disembarked safely.
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