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PUBLISHED: 16:20 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 11:37 12 August 2010

SHOCK: Peter and Steven Hale.

SHOCK: Peter and Steven Hale.

THE couple whose house was destroyed when a plane crashed into it would have stood no chance of surviving if they had been inside, according to their shocked sons.

THE couple whose house was destroyed when a plane crashed into it would have stood "no chance of surviving" if they had been inside, according to their shocked sons.

Distressed banker Steven Hale, 45, son to Pat Harman and stepson to her husband Ed, visited the half demolished home in Romsey Close, Farnborough, on Monday afternoon with his brother Peter, 42.

Police said it was a "miracle" that Ed and Pat Harman were on holiday last Sunday when a plane carrying five people crashed in to their house, killing all on board.

The couple had still not seen the ruins of their home, where they've lived since 1990, at the time of going to press.

Peter Hale, also a banker, said: "There would have been no chance of them surviving had they been in the property and on a normal Sunday afternoon. Had it been an hour earlier my mother, her brother and partner would have been inside.

"They were settled and enjoying retirement but now it's all gone. It's very distressing but they will rebuild their lives and their belongings again.

"We didn't know it was going on until we saw it on the TV. We're thankful they're alive, they're thankful they're alive.There are lifetime possessions in there and none of us would like to lose those but my mother's first thoughts were to the victims and to the deceased."

Mrs Harman, 68, a retired medical secretary had been on holiday with her daughter in Madeira. She returned on Sunday and has since been staying with friends in Sidcup.

Mr Harman, 72, was on a golfing holiday in the Algarve and was due to return to England on Tuesday.

Police said they would need to look at the structure of the house with the local authority and the insurance company to determine whether or not to demolish it.

Steven Hale said: "There is not much left of the house at the top at all, especially on the side where the plane crashed in to it.

"My parents are bearing up."

A statement by two sons also praised the emergency services and said their parents were "enamoured by the local community spirit demonstrated by friends and neighbours.

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