Couple return to home destroyed in jet crash

PUBLISHED: 18:20 04 April 2008 | UPDATED: 11:16 12 August 2010

A COUPLE whose house was destroyed when a jet crashed in to their house killing all on board returned to see the ruins of their home on Thursday.

A COUPLE whose house was destroyed when a jet crashed in to their house killing all on board returned to see the ruins of their home on Thursday.

Retired Patricia and Ed Harman were on holiday when the Cessna Citation 501 carrying five people smashed in to their home in Romsey Close, Orpington last Sunday.

The couple said it was "fate" that the plane struck the only empty house in the close. The property, where the couple got married, has now been demolished.

Mrs Harman, 68, a retired medical secretary, said: "First of all my thoughts are with the pilots and all the people on the plane. Luckily Ed and I are together and we weren't in the property.

"We are devastated by the loss of our property because we got married here and had our reception here.

"We've made a lovely life here, we've had all our friends around us, our neighbours, our grandchildren have lived here. It was so lovely with the woods behind here it was a dream.

"But it was fate too that the house it hit was the only one unoccupied, all these have got families in. That was incredible that it happened that way.

"It was important to come here. You've got to say goodbye to what's gone and know that you've got a new life to start.

"When you leave a property, even when you move you have the sad bits but this was taken away abruptly.

"It was a shock. I just feel so sad for everybody, all the pilots, all the parents, all the children. And I know that pilot was doing his best to find a place to land safely."

Mrs Harman had been on holiday with her daughter in Madeira when the plane got in to difficulty with suspected engine failure and reportedly dropped out the sky.

Mr Harman, 72, was on a separate golfing holiday in the Algarve.

Asked whether they would like to rebuild another house in the same spot, Mrs Harman said "It's early days and it will take time. We're on the road to recovery. We've come to rock bottom, we've realised that and now we're on the way up.

"We're lucky to be alive, we're so lucky we weren't in the house. We want to go to the church and thank God and be grateful for all the things that we've got now, our children and our family and our friends.


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