Van Susteren, Franklin Graham survive elevator plunge in Hanoi

Van Susteren, Franklin Graham survive elevator plunge in Hanoi

[Ed. – Note to self: Vietnam definitely off the bucket list.]

For Greta Van Susteren, that bad dream suddenly became reality as the car abruptly dropped four floors with no warning at all, then left her and several others trapped between levels with no way out. Lasting 10 frightening minutes, they were finally able to pry the doors open and crawl out.

Incidentally, if a lift is headed uncontrollably to the bottom, the best possible way to survive is to lie flat on the floor.

The incident happened in Hanoi as the Fox News Channel host, Reverend Franklin Graham and several charity workers were headed to the offices of Samaritan’s Purse.

Some of it was filmed, where at one point Reverend Graham quips “if it goes down, I’m going up”…

Van Susteren later described what happened:


As the elevator car slid down, we made calls and tried pushing all the buttons on the panel.

Suddenly, one of our group noticed some light and pulled the doors open again and this time we had about a 2 foot crawl space. We made a mad scramble to get out and drop to the floor (the 24th). Franklin later told me he feared the elevator would drop again as one of us was getting out which would have meant a certain death for that person. We all made it safely out…

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