As the daughter of late grunge icon Kurt Cobain, Frances Bean Cobain has endured plenty of tragedy in her short 25 years. Last week, the Marc Jacobs model experienced yet another life-changing moment aboard a flight from Paris to LA, when one of the plane’s four engines caught on fire and, as Air France confirmed in a statement to CNN, “suffered serious damage.”
According to Canada’s CBC News, the plane was forced to land in Goose-Bay, Newfoundland, after the engine “blew out.” As CNN reports, FlightRadar24 tracked the flight near Greenland at 37,000 feet when it aborted its mission to cross the Atlantic. One passenger told CBC News it seemed as if the plane had “run into a Jeep,” and another said, “We saw the cabin crew walking through the aisles quickly, and we heard an announcement from the captain that said one of our engines had an explosion.”
Cobain shared the story of the harrowing trip in her own words via Instagram, explaining to fans that she’s a “different person” after the scary in-flight accident.
On a series of three snaps showcasing the safely landed plane’s engine with the outer hull completely broken off, she wrote the following: “I’ve avoided talking about this because telling strangers struck me as a fruitless endeavor. But enough time has gone by to where I’ve sat with what this experience should mean on the grand scale of living my day to day life. So here it goes: A week ago on September 30th I boarded Air France flight A380 (the irony being I changed my previously booked flight to this one that very day, so I could get home earlier.) This would act as the moment that would alter everything I thought I knew. I have woken up everyday for the past week just grateful to wake up.”
She went on to relay the horrific reality of what she saw in the air and the effect it had on her, writing, “When I felt the plane tilt, saw the wing directly in front of me catch fire, and basically came to grips with my own mortality I made a deal with myself. I promised myself that if I made it through, that I would no longer try to escape the moments of my life. I would no longer indulge in societal cliches & I would let the people I love know how much I love them everyday.”
For the young runway strutter, it proved to her what was really important. “Thinking I would never see my mom or my boyfriend or my grams or my pets or my friends again, sparked a renaissance of the soul / mind / body / spirit. So I’ve entered the phase of my life where every moment is truly precious. All the mundane crippling anxieties I once let dictate how I functioned have dissipated. I was jolted awake and awake is where I need to stay in order to live authentically. As cheeseball as that sounds. It resonates at true. To me. As you were. – FBC”
According to Air France’s statement, “The regularly trained pilots and cabin crew handled this serious incident perfectly.” The engine’s manufacturer, Engine Alliance, also released a statement to CNN to say that they are “working with authorities to assess the situation.”
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