Page last updated at 16:29 GMT, Thursday, 4 June 2009 17:29 UK

Death fear in plane 'near miss'

Wing of plane

A County Tyrone man has said he thought he was about to die when a plane he was travelling on turned on its side in mid-air.

PJ Gillespie, from Castlederg, was returning from a holiday in Turkey on Monday afternoon.

Andersonstown woman Teresa Kennedy said passengers were told the emergency manoeuvre was due to a possible collision with a Turkish army plane.

"To me it was more like a nose dive - I'll never fly again," she said.

Mr Gillespie said people on board the plane were screaming during the incident.

He described it as a "very, very scary experience".

"One minute I was looking down at the engine, the next minute I was looking up at the engine - the engine was above me," he said.

"Everybody was screaming, anybody who wasn't screaming was shouting 'get it back, get it back'.

"Eventually the plane levelled out again and the captain came on immediately to say that he was very sorry for what had happened but he had to take urgent evasive action to avoid a collision."

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