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Tony Jones speaks to air crash survivor Kyle Quinlan

Broadcast: 07/03/2007

Reporter: Tony Jones

Australian Defence Force member Kyle Quinlan speaks with Tony Jones from Bethesda Hospital in
Yogyakarta.

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TONY JONES: Now, a short time ago I spoke to Kyle Quinlan. He's a member of the Defence Force
attachment from the Foreign Minister's team. He was many his hospital room at the Bethesda Hospital
in Yogyakarta.

Kyle Quinlan, thanks for joining us.

KYLE QUINLAN: Mr Jones, thank you.

TONY JONES: Can you tell us, first of all, what sort of shape you are in and your friend, who I
think is in an adjacent room.

KYLE QUINLAN: Yeah, okay. We are both sharing rooms together. I'm quite fine. I've had X-rays on my
chest, just internal sort of bruising. My colleague, flight sergeant Mick Hatton, has had a
dislocated left shoulder and requires stitches on the frontal lobe, the size of a 50 cent piece on
his head.

TONY JONES: You could say that both of you are incredibly lucky at this stage, I imagine, to have
survived this.

KYLE QUINLAN: Very lucky. Very lucky. I think, after you look at the wreckage, I think someone was
up above watching us because where we sat we were just very lucky we were on the exits.

TONY JONES: Kyle I would like you, if you can, to tell me in your words about the crash. When did
you first know that something was wrong?

KYLE QUINLAN: On the descent of the aircraft. It just seemed like it was coming in too quick. I
looked out on the right hand side. I was sitting in the aisle, on 10D. I looked outside and saw how
fast we were coming in, which was not a normal landing on the descent and how low we were to the
ground. I took out my MP3 player and looked at the flight sergeant and he turned to me and said,
"We are coming in too fast". That's when we hit the ground. We've bounced off the tarmac and then
sort of bounced again from there it was just sort of pretty much bracing ourselves for the impact.

TONY JONES: You had no warning at all? It just happened on landing?

KYLE QUINLAN: Yeah, there was no warning. Nothing came over the speakers, the internal speakers
within the cabin. It was just, yeah, sort of very, very hard and very fast coming down. Yeah, I'm
not too sure if it was mechanical or what the problem was.

TONY JONES: What happened after that? At some point the plane crashed and we understood it burst
into flames almost immediately.

KYLE QUINLAN: The right hand side was immediately on fire and my left hand side underneath the wing
- the mid section of the aircraft on the right hand side - was immediately in flames. The fire
exit, where I was sitting, I turned to the right and there the door was engulfed in flames so I
couldn't get out from there, so - where flight sergeant Hatton was and he - was opened an
Indonesian person next to him opened up the exit, which was on fire, that was put out and we sort
of made our way from there.

TONY JONES: What was happening on the plane in those moments? It must have been ghastly I imagine,
because a lot of people were clearly trapped in those flames.

KYLE QUINLAN: Yeah, yeah, very much so. Pretty much a few seats in front of us, we couldn't see
much more due to the smoke and fire. Yeah, just everyone was screaming and just pushing for the
exit. So yeah, it was difficult. Once we were out of the aircraft we just assisted - and flight
sergeant Hatton, due to him being - taking a fairly big brunt of force on his forehead, he started
to lose his vision and - with his dislocated shoulder, was in a very bad state. Yeah, so once we
moved him away from the aircraft, yeah, we further assisted other people.

TONY JONES: Do you have any sense as to what happened to the other Australians on the plane? We
know at least five are missing.

KYLE QUINLAN: Yeah. Look, I can't stipulate much on that. I'm still working with embassy staff here
and we've been going to and fro on details, trying to find out as much information as we can. As
yet, yeah, I haven't heard they are accounted for. So yeah, I'm just hoping that we find out soon
some more details. I've been working with James Wilkinson from the Australian Embassy, who's been
doing a very good job liaising with us and the locals here. Due to us not speaking Indonesian, it's
just a great help having someone like that. The Australian Embassy has done a great job in what
they have done over here.

TONY JONES: Kyle, finally, I've got to ask you - how are you feeling about this? Has it come to you
yet what's happened and do you have any message for your friends and family back home?

KYLE QUINLAN: Yeah. I don't think it's fully set in. I'm just very keen to get back to Australia,
along with flight sergeant Hatton. Just to my family and friends that, yeah, I'm okay and I just
hope that these Aussies are all right. Yeah, when I get back I'm sure I'll make a few phone calls
and have a couple of beers.

TONY JONES: Kyle, we thank you very much for talking to us. I know you're in hospital. We hope you
get out soon and get back as soon as you can. Thank you very much.

KYLE QUINLAN: Thank you very much, Mr Jones.