By Eddie Chua
PETALING JAYA: A Malaysian woman and her son were just metres away when a series of explosions rocked the Zaventem airport in Brussels.
Mrs Malaysia 2014 Belinda How said she and her son Shawn escaped unhurt and sought refuge at a hotel in the Belgian capital.
Both of them were standing near the spot where the first explosion took place.
“We were queuing up to check in our luggage at the Etihad Airways counter about 7.50am to return to Kuala Lumpur when I heard a loud explosion.
“I was unsure if it was a bomb initially. It took me a few seconds to realise I was in real danger. This was followed by loud screaming from the other passengers and thick smoke.
“Then the wall near the counter came crumbling down. The explosion knocked down the wall. The debris missed us. We were about 5m away,” she added.
She recalled people in the terminal scrambling for safety, running towards the exit as chaos ensued.
How said she and Shawn, who is a special needs child, also ran for cover.
“Shawn sat down on the floor in that chaos. I had no choice but to drag him up and run,” she said, adding that she held her son tightly as they fled the terminal.
“As we were heading towards the exit, a second bomb went off on the other side of the terminal,” she added.
How said although there was thick black smoke in the terminal, she and her son managed to find their way out of the airport.
She said a third blast went off when she was outside.
The explosion hit the train station.
How and Shawn were safe but they left their luggage behind. – The Star Online