Crash Survivor 'So, So Thankful' to be Alive

Pauline Johnson, 37, hopes to recover from emotional, physical injuries of fatal crash

Corey Allen-Young Corey Allen-Young, Education Reporter,
POSTED: 07:49 PM AKST Dec 03, 2013    UPDATED: 10:11 PM AKST Dec 03, 2013 
(img1)Pauline Johnson St. Marys Crash Survivor

Pauline Johnson has flown to Mountain Village many times, but the trip home last Friday has turned a passion for flying into a fear of what could happen again.

From a hospital bed at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Johnson said she is having a hard time dealing with what happened.

But she is grateful that she and her 14-year-old son, Kylan, are among the six survivors of the Cessna 208 crash that left four dead.

"I have a fractured lumbar, some cracked ribs, bumps and bruises on my foot, my knee, my wrist, my neck, and arms," said Johnson, 37.

She said she remembers everything about the Mountain Village flight. 

"We were going home, but the flight was diverted because of weather," she said. "We were diverted to Saint Mary's because of the thick fog that we were having." 

Not long after the flight pattern changed, Johnson said the plane fell from the sky suddenly. 

"I looked out the window, and I did see the ground, like trees, and then next thing I knew we were on the ground," she said. 

Family and friends have been pouring out love and prayers for the survivors and those lost in the crash, and Johnson said she thanks God and hopes everyone will heal, emotionally and physically

She said she will return home to her four kids and three foster children.

"I'm thankful, so, so thankful," she said.