WISHEK, N.D. — Brenda Dohn heard the boom minutes after takeoff.
"I just knew, I thought to myself, 'That is an engine. That is an engine — it has to be,'" Dohn said.
She was by the window, seated next to her daughter, Camryn, just behind the right wing.
Her husband, Erik, and her two young boys, Eli and Jed, were in the row behind her.
Their trip from Wishek to Honolulu was a last-minute decision.
"My youngest son, who is 10, he was fighting for that window seat. He wanted it bad, so when this happened, I knew that he could see what I was seeing," she said.
They were seeing debris as it fell from the right engine.
"I had to keep telling my daughter, 'Just don't look out there,'" she said.
Outside, debris was raining down 15 miles north of the airport on soccer fields, front lawns and sidewalks as debris fell from the plane that was carrying 231 passengers and 10 crew members on Saturday, Feb. 20.
"I just wished I could hold onto everyone right at once, but you just can't being in the situation you are at," she said.
The flight crew quickly got on the intercom, saying the plane would land in four minutes back at the Denver airport.
"There was still panic. What is going to happen in these four minutes? I think at that point everyone honestly started praying," she said.
For Dohn, feeling the plane wheels touch down on the tarmac felt like an answer to those prayers. Everyone left the plane safely.
But the Dohn family didn't stay on the ground long.
"There wasn't much time to really think about it. It was just kind of get off the plane, have a piece of pizza and board again," she said.
On Sunday, Feb. 21, her family woke up in Honolulu.
"You've got to get back on the horse, right, so it was like, 'OK, we are going to go. We don't want the kids to be scared of flying,'" she said.
The family is taking it easy after a long night.
"I had a hard time sleeping last night. I think that is just the emotion of being a mom on that plane. I think seeing the videos today and realizing the 'what ifs,'" she said.
Dohn says while it lingers in her mind, her kids showed excitement for the new day on Sunday.
"They were already swimming in the lazy river. They are ready to go," she said.
Ready to be together as a family, thankful for the small miracles after a big one.