Plane Crash Survivor Endures 100 Surgeries, Then Wows Simon 10 Yrs Later In Heartwrenching Audition.

When Kechi Okwuechi was 16-years-old she survived a plane crash in Nigeria that killed 107 people… and after watching her audition at AGT, it’s clear she is not taking her second chance at life for granted.

Kechi recalled the terrifying moment before the plane struck the ground, “I remember just saying I don’t know, but I think we should pray or something, I don’t know. We actually never got a chance. That’s the last memory I have before I blacked out.”

Kechi survived the horrifying ordeal, but her journey to the AGT stage would be a long and painful one. The young woman endured more than 100 surgeries, reconstructive and otherwise, on her road to recovery.


Kechi says that music was a huge part of her healing, “Lying in the hospital bed unable to move, music was my escape. It did so much for me.”

Four years after the tragedy, the young woman returned to college at the University of Saint Thomas and graduated with honors. She was tasked to give the commencement speech at graduation, dedicating her accomplishments to 60 of her classmates that died in the 2005 plane crash.


You see, to me, this degree is not just a degree. It is a gift to the 60 students that died in a plane crash I was in 10 years ago. It represents the fulfillment of a promise I made, to those students and to their parents, that I would reach this important milestone on behalf of those they lost. 


And now, in 2017, Kechi faces yet another major challenge in this journey called life… the gauntlet of America’s Got Talent.

Simon gave her the go ahead to start singing and away she went…. but nobody in the room could have predicted how talented this young woman was.

Check it out her performance before it airs in the video below!

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