Sole Survivor of Plane Crash: 4-Year-Old Miracle Child Speaks Up After 25 Years
On August 16, 1987, one of the worst flight disasters occurred when a Northwest Airlines flight went down, after taking off from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Romulus, Michigan. The flight which was scheduled to end in John Wayne Airport in Orange County California, crashed at 8:46pm local time and killed all 156 crew and passengers except for one little girl.
The sole survivor, 4-year-old Cecelia Cichan has been dubbed “The Miracle Child”. Firefighter Lt. John Thiede, pulled the child out of the wreckage when he heard her soft moan.
“You’d hear that faint cry a baby doll makes. At that time where I looked to my right, I could see an arm – kind of bent, coming out of a chair,” Thiede recalled.
Cecelia suffered critical injuries, including a fractured skull, broken bones, and burns on 30% of her body. Cecelia’s parents, Michael and Paula Cichan died in the crash, along with her 6-year-old brother, David. Rescuers believe Cecelia survived because her mother Paula, shielded her daughter with her own body.
When the little girl was hounded by the press, her relatives protected her from the spotlight.
But today, 25 years after the incident, the now 29-year-old Cecelia finally speaks up in a new documentary called “Sole Survivor.”
“I think about the accident every day,” she said in the interview. “It’s kind of hard not to think about it. When I look in the mirror, I have visual scars.”
“This, like, Sole Survivor project, is more about a group – and that’s why I was willing to get involved and be a part of something bigger,” she also added.
Cichan has kept the memory of the victims alive by staying in touch with their families. In fact, she invited her rescuer, Lt. Thiede to her wedding.
“To see her come down the aisle, my heart, I lost it really,” the firefighter said. “Just to see her in person was something.”
Watch the trailer below, as well as news and the air flight investigation of the fateful Flight 255.