It was an emotional return for a local Taekwondo team that narrowly missed the terrorist attack at the Brussels airport.
The group from T-R-P Academy should have been at the airport during the attack, but was running about ten minutes late that morning.
Master Jae Park says the magnitude of the terrorists act itself and how close we were to being there still hasn’t sank in.
“I was looking at the layout of the terminal again and I would have dropped the kids off at the front, if we weren’t running late. Scary to think what would have happened.”
Julianna Campos is a member of the team.
The 12-year-old describes that morning.
“There were paramedics everywhere, ambulances, and emergency vehicles racing there. Everyone was pulled over onto the side of the road in front of the airport. Everyone was hearing it was a terrorist attack. We weren’t really panicked, but we were kind of scared. If we would have been there on time, that would have been us in the airport.”
Campos adds the last few days have been tough.
“I’ve been trying to deal with it emotionally, just for my parent’s sake and just work through it and know I’m going to be safe and get home.
Her mom, Maria, says she’s grateful to have her daughter and the team home.
“We’re a taekwondo family, we all really pulled together to get this team home. We worked really hard to make sure they got out.”
Maria notes they were on the phone with the airline for roughly three hours trying to re-book the flights.
The team drove to the Netherlands and then Paris, where they flew out of.