A KINGSTON University academic is among 10 passengers set to sue the makers of a plane that crash-landed at Heathrow Airport last year.
Paul Stafford, the university's academic director of international development, said he remembers crashing into the ground and the undercarriage being pushed through the wing by the force of the impact.
"I was convinced that I was going to die," he said. "I think about the crash every day and wish it had never happened to me."
All 136 passengers and 16 crew survived when the Boeing 777 lost engine power and came down short of the runway at Heathrow on January 17, 2008.
The aircraft suddenly lost power two miles from its destination and co-pilot John Coward had to land at 1,400ft per minute - twice the normal rate.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is still working on its report into the incident, but two interim reports, already published, indicate a reduced fuel flow to both engines as the plane came into land may have been to blame.
One of the theories is that ice could have accumulated in the aircraft's fuel system, something for which the plaintiffs say Boeing is to blame.
Mr Stafford and nine fellow passengers on board the 777 that day have lodged a lawsuit against Boeing at the circuit court of Cook County in Illinois, USA.
It is expected to take about two years before the case is heard and each survivor could be awarded £600,000 if successful.
Boeing has refused to comment.