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Ashen Vegas visitors arrive back in Southern Colorado

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A plane load of visibly shaken passengers arrived from Las Vegas Monday night at the Colorado Springs airport.  Frontier Airlines Flight 1090 was one hour and ten minutes late when it arrived at 6:35 p.m., having been delayed in departure from Las Vegas McCarran International Airport due to the exodus from Las Vegas by people who experienced the horror and carnage of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

"It was terrifying," said Paul Bircham of Colorado Springs.  "I mean, you're thinking about your kids, you're thinking about other family members, you're thinking about the lady that's running by you that you're passing -- is she going to get left behind?  It's just pure chaos."  Bircham had attended the same festival concert both nights prior to the deadly shooting rampage and had planned to go Sunday night, but he and his wife opted for a different concert instead.  Just prior to leaving for Las Vegas, the couple updated their wills for the first time in 13 years, Bircham said.  "We both said, we ought to do that since we're both going out of town and we have a 14-year-old at home.  So we went and got those witnessed and notarized and then left them on the counter, and that kind of hit home this morning," Bircham said.  "That all went down and we might not be standing here today.  So it was a pretty tough morning, actually."

Other passengers arriving in the terminal had tears streaming from their eyes and embraced long with their loved ones, grateful to be home unlike the at least 59 killed and 527 wounded in the attack.  "It was so horrible," one young woman could be heard saying as she was hoisted in embrace by her partner.  One couple recounted being at the concert and watching as concert-goers near them were wounded and killed.  Others were too shaken to recount their experience to the news media.

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