August 18th, 2010
10:53 PM ET

Colombia crash survivors: No time to prepare for chaos

More survivors of Monday’s crash-landing of a plane in Colombia are talking about what happened that morning.

Aires Airlines Flight 8250 broke apart as it slammed into a runway on a small resort island off the coast of Colombia, killing one person and injuring more than 120.
Authorities have said they were investigating whether the plane may have been hit by lightning or been buffeted by a severe downdraft.

Seats came loose, and some people fell out of the sheared airplane. Don Henderson, an American who was aboard the Boeing 737-700, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday that within five seconds of slamming into the ground, the plane had broken apart and was no longer moving.

"We didn't have any time to do any special preparations at all," said Henderson, who added that he and his wife lost teeth and suffered cuts and bruises.

Watch more of what Henderson had to say below, including how he was fortunate to have been allowed to switch his seat before takeoff:

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Also Wednesday, American passenger David Bellino, who was traveling with his pregnant wife, told CNN's Rick Sanchez that he was knocked out upon impact.

"But I came to. … There was chaos, people screaming, things falling from the ceiling," said Bellino, of the Atlanta, Georgia, area.

Watch more of what Bellino had to say below:

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