America’s Got Talent: How Kelechi Okwuchi survived 2005 Sosoliso crash
By Rita Chioma,
Kelechi Okwuchi, who was recently on the America’s Got Talent show survived the ill-fated Sosoliso Port Harcourt bound flight which crashed on the runway and killed 107 people, including her close friend, who was sitting next to her and late Pastor Bimbo Odukoya in 2005.
What makes her story so touching is the fact that she was one of only two survivors on that plane.
She was a student of Loyola Jesuit College at the time, a boarding high school in Abuja and was on her way home for the holidays when the crash occured.
She was once quoted to have said, “I remember just saying I don’t know, but I think we should pray or something, I don’t know. We actually never got a chance. That’s the last memory I have before I blacked out.”
The next thing I knew, I was waking up in Milpark Hospital, South Africa. To this day I don’t remember the actual impact of the crash.”
Kelechi has had more than 100 surgeries, including skin grafts in the US as a result of the severe burns which are all over her body.
See the video of her on the America’s Got Talent stage: