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The Newsmaker: SQ006 stewardess Farzana Razak offers an apology to the pilots

Lianhe Zaobao | Saturday, Mar 18, 2017

Kuala Lumpur - It's hard to forget flight SQ006, even more so for Farzana Abdul Razak, one of the cabin crew who survived the deadly ordeal.

On the night of Oct 31, 2000, Los Angeles-bound Singapore Airlines flight SQ006 taxied into a closed runway at Taipei's then-Chiang Kai-shek Airport. It crashed into construction equipment during take-off and caught fire, killing 83 of the 179 people on board.

Madam Farzana was only 18 years old and just months into her new job at that time. Her dreams and aspirations went up in flames together with the ill-fated aircraft, when 45 per cent of her body was severely burnt by the blaze.

She underwent 11 skin graft operations to remove the scars, but that was just the beginning of the road to recovery - one that was mired by anger and a long bout of depression.

In the third episode of "The Newsmaker", Madam Farzana looks back and recounts her ordeal. She also has a word for the pilots who caused the deadly mishap.

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About "The Newsmaker":

"The Newsmaker"(封面人物) is one of 10 SPH-produced short form digital video series as part of a pilot Public Service Broadcast initiative. In this 13-part series, people who have made news headlines in the past share with the host Fred Lai (Content Producer, Chinese Media Group Digital) how the news events changed their lives and how they have been coping since then. All episodes come with English subtitles.

This series is also available on the zaobao.sg website and mobile app.

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