A MERSEYSIDE woman told how she missed the horrific central London helicopter crash by just seconds.
Joanna Moroz, 28, was commuting to work on a crowded bus when the Agusta Westland aircraft hit a crane, plummeted to the ground and burst into flames.
Two people died and 13 were injured in the accident, which happened in the Wednesday morning rush-hour near Vauxhall station.
Miss Moroz, from Hoylake, was just yards from the crash scene when her bus came to a halt.
She said: “I heard a whizzing noise and a massive crash, which was the helicopter hitting the ground.
“The whole street was on fire. It was like a wall of fire.
“I knew by the number of police, fire and ambulances that it was serious. There was a sea of flashing blue lights and smoke.
“It was petrifying. My initial thought was that it was a terrorist attack.”
Witnesses reported seeing debris falling from the sky after the aircraft struck the crane before exploding into flames and plunging to a street near Vauxhall station in rush hour.
Miss Moroz, who works for the radio station Talksport and used to work at Liverpool station Juice FM, was evacuated from her bus.
She said: “I missed it by seconds. There were two cars and a bus in front of us and then the scene.
“I just thought what if I had got an earlier bus or if the traffic lights had changed differently.
“It was so, so close. I am a bit shaken up by it.”