MANILA - (UPDATED) TV host and actress Amy Perez recounted her experience as their plane landed safely at another airport in Turkey, after suicide bombers attacked Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, which resulted to multiple deaths.
Perez, who came from the "Kuwentuhang Kapamilya" event in Madrid, said she was shocked to learn that the airport where they were supposed to land was bombed.
"Napaupo lang ako at nagpasalamat ako sa Diyos na walang nangyari sa amin," Perez, who was on board Flight TK 1860, said in an interview over "Umagang Kay Ganda."
She said they were informed that their flight will be diverted to the nearby Izmir airport because of the incident.
Turkey was supposed to be a stopover for Perez and other Filipinos bound for Manila.
Perez, who is with her husband, Carlo Castillo, said they arrived at the Izmir airport at around 12 midnight in Turkey. She was still inside the plane at the time of the interview.
Perez, also known as "Tiyang Amy", got the names of other Filipino passengers on the same flight and posted the list on her Instagram account.
After more than two hours, Perez and the other passengers were allowed to get off the plane.
They were advised to stay inside Izmir airport for a while before they were transported to a nearby hotel.
Authorities said suicide bombers opened fire before blowing themselves up at the entrance to the main international airport in Istanbul.
Police fired shots to try to stop the attackers just before they reached a security checkpoint at the arrivals hall of the Ataturk airport but they blew themselves up, one of the officials said.
Ataturk is Turkey's largest airport and a major transport hub for international travelers.