The Polish pilot of a Boeing airliner from Newark that made an emergency landing with 231 people on board says he felt "huge relief'' when he learned that all his passengers had safely evacuated the plane.
Capt. Tadeusz Wrona made his first public comments on Wednesday, a day after he landed the plane on its belly at Warsaw international airport, gaining himself instant hero status in Poland.
"When I stopped on the runway, I still was not sure that everyone was safe because smoke and some burning from friction appeared on the ground,'' Wrona told reporters at a news conference. "I felt huge relief when the head flight attendant reported that the plane was evacuated.''