Phoenix personal injury attorney Sam Moeller is thankful to be alive after a small plane he was flying crashed in the desert near Wickenburg last week.
"I’m incredibly lucky," said Moeller.
He walked away from the fiery wreck with a broken back and injured hand.
Moeller is in a lot of pain but talked publicly on Thursday for the first time about his nightmare in the sky.
The plane is hardly recognizable.
[ORIGINAL STORY: Small plane crashes northwest of Wickenburg]
Moeller and his colleague were the only ones in the plane and were on their way to visit another law office in Lake Havasu when Moeller said the engine failed.
"The whole engine completely seizes and boom! It’s complete silence..." he recalled. "The engine was on fire."
He then decided to release the plane's parachute."We hit so hard," he said.
The two of them got out of the plane just in time.
"I did everything that I thought was right," said Moeller. "Had that parachute not been there, no, we would not be alive today. I’m glad I pulled the chute."
His wife, Jen, called it a "miracle" and described this last week as "overwhelming."
"I’m a religious person and I’ve been thanking God every second of every moment we’re with each other," she said. "He’s a great pilot. I trusted him with my life, our son’s life, his other kids’ lives. We’ve flown in that plane with him multiple times and there’s no doubt that he knew what he was doing."
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