AMSTERDAM (WIVB)- Dina Ferraraccio and Dan Palumbo were the two travel buddies caught in the wake of panic following a terrorist attack on Belgium’s capital.
Three blasts killed at least 34 people and injured around 300.
The teachers missed the explosions by ten minutes.
“We were originally going to take a flight… that would have put us in the airport right around the time of the explosion,” Ferraraccio told News 4 from her Amsterdam hotel room.
Back here in Western New York, coworkers were just hoping for good news.
“They were probably so happy and just excited, and then for something like that to happen, it just gives me chills,” said coworker Justina Fetterly.
Ferraraccio and Palumbo are high school teachers at the Charter School for Applied Technologies.
Ferraraccio plans to talk to her students about this experience, but she doesn’t want to instill fear; she believes travelling is important, and wants her students to see the world.
“You know, when you’re in high school I don’t think that you really, fully understand. So when you have someone that’s been affected by it, I think that for them, they’ll have more of a bond with those teachers and they’ll have more of an awareness of what terrorism is,” Fetterly told News 4.
Ferraraccio stressed that while she and Palumbo experienced the shock of the attacks, they didn’t lose loved ones and weren’t injured.
“We missed it, we were lucky. We were one of the lucky ones,” she said.
The teachers are currently on a standby flight, and hope to back in Buffalo in the next couple days.