Opera star Katherine Jenkins' helicopter in emergency landing
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Opera star Katherine Jenkins' helicopter in emergency landing

Islamabad : Pakistan | Sep 21, 2009 at 7:02 AM PDT
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Katherine Jenkins / You'll Never Walk Alone

SINGER Katherine Jenkins was attacked by the

Taliban as she flew to perform for British troops.

Enemy forces struck the Welsh star's helicopter over Basra, Iraq,

causing it to plunge towards the ground.

Katherine was convinced she was going to die. But the pilot managed to

land the chopper safely.

She said: "Suddenly, there was this deafening noise and the helicopter

just dropped out of the sky.

"Someone shouted that we'd been hit and there was this incredible

sensation of falling.

"A ground-to-air missile had been fired at us.

" I could only think, 'This is it - I'm done'.

"Everything just froze. I was petrified and panicking.

"All I remember was the falling sensation and everything outside seemed

grey and you could almost feel the water and land coming at you.

"Suddenly, it stopped and I realised the pilot had somehow landed.

"We were pulled out and all I could think about was that I was alive."

The 29-year-old was badly shaken - but the ordeal made her more

determined than ever to perform in front of the troops.

Katherine was dubbed the forces' sweetheart after singing with Dame

Vera Lynn at the 60th Anniversary of VE Day in 2005.

In 2005 and 2006, she flew to Iraq to sing to the soldiers for

Christmas.

picez is based in Islamabad, Federal Capital Area, Pakistan, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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