Fairport family sees aftermath of San Francisco plane crash firsthand

Posted at: 07/07/2013 11:16 PM
Updated at: 07/07/2013 11:24 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion

Imagine what it was like to be on the same runway in San Francisco, waiting for your plane to take off, and seeing the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 on fire right next to you.

That's what a Fairport family experienced Saturday morning as they were heading home from vacation.

News10NBC spoke to the mother, Eileen Merberg, over the phone.

The family of four was enjoying a vacation in California when this tragedy unfolded right before their very eyes.

Eileen Merberg described what she saw and how her family is coping.

“We were scheduled to take off to Rochester. The pilot came out and said there would be some delays and to look out our right window. We all saw a plane that crashed. We didn't see it actually happen, but we saw a plane right out of our window and it was covered in smoke. Just thick black smoke. It just happened. Then we saw hundreds of emergency vehicles driving up to it. Certainly, the sense for us was just great concern at first for what happened. It was pretty scary you know, we're about to take off ourselves on an airplane and sometimes travel can be a little scary when accidents happen. So everyone was just shocked to see that something just happened right there at the airport where we were at. This landing was definitely on my mind. I could hear a sigh of relief as we safely landed in Boston Logan (International Airport). I think all four of us keep it in perspective, because we are inconvenienced and it's a pain, but not really compared to what happened. In the scheme of things, it's a terrible tragedy, so I can't complain. We're alive and we're safe and others weren't so fortunate," said Merberg.

When News10NBC spoke to the Merbergs around 7 p.m. Sunday night, they said they had two more flights to take to get from Boston to Rochester.

They called back around 10 p.m. and said they were going to miss their connecting flight, so they are renting a car and are driving home through the night.

Eileen Merberg said she will not be flying again for a very long time.