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Air Canada Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Planes Propeller Snaps Off And Hits Woman

10/11/2014 16:14 GMT | Updated 10/11/2014 16:59 GMT

A plane's propeller snapped off during take off, smashing through the fuselage and striking a passenger in the head.

The woman, Christina Kurylo, was rushed to hospital after freak incident which happened aboard an Air Canada Jazz flight from Calgary to Grande Prairie.

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Part of the propellor can be seen protruding from the fuselage

Remarkably she suffered only minor injuries telling Global News: "I’m really lucky. It could have been a million times worse.

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Christina Kurylo (right) was rushed to hospital after the propeller hit her in the head and body

"I could have died, you know, you never know what could have happened."

Kurylo was seated in the seventh row of the plane and the propellor missed her face by inches.

She added: "All of a sudden I got hit in the head,” she said. “It was pretty confusing for me. It’s bits and pieces for me after that.

The plane had been forced to land at Edmonton International Airport on Thursday almost immediately after taking off from Calgary.

Incredible footage taken onboard the plane clearly shows the relief felt by passengers when the plane comes to a standstill.

"There was a loud explosion and then we took off and it was like bump, bump, bump," passenger Ron Prochner told The Canadian Press.

As the plane touched down, its landing gear reportedly collapsed.

"There were sparks. I remember smoke. I remember the horrible smell like gasoline and oil burning," Prochner recounted to CP. "A lot of people were really terrified. I know the young lady sitting beside me was scared. I wasn't scared until I looked at her. It was very frightening."

Four people were sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the incident is still unknown and is under investigation.