Survivor of deadly plane crash shares inspiring recovery journey 2 years after plane crash

The lone survivor of a deadly plane crash celebrates two years since the tragedy by sharing his inspiring journey.

Luke Armstrong spent several months in treatment, recovering from a severe brain injury.

He lost his longtime girlfriend, Victoria Walker, and her parents in Bryan’s accident. Walker’s father was piloting the plane.

“I have no memory of the actual crash sequence. It happened on takeoff. I don’t remember anything.” Armstrong said.

He called that part a blessing, but his long road to recovery would be the challenge of his life.

He was in a wheelchair for the first few months after the accident.

Walker, who was a Texas A&M senior at the time of the accident, suffered a traumatic brain injury.

He basically had to relearn how to live.

“I was forgetting things because they were happening in real time,” he recalls. “I had to learn to walk, then to run, to keep my balance.”

Dr. Valentina Neufeld is a vision specialist at the Center for Neuro Skills (CNS).

“I was asked to help with the case, mainly because of the vision issues he was having,” Neufled said.

Neufeld developed a rigorous treatment for Armstrong to help with his optic nerve damage.

“We were kind of bombarding him from different angles to really challenge the system so he could be where he is right now,” Neufled said.

Armstrong said some days were overwhelming.

He credits the love of his family, medical providers and fellow CNS patients with helping him succeed.

An important step was to get his driver’s license again.

“I guess I can say I’m lucky,” Armstrong said. “I’m one of the few people who was able to get my driver’s license twice.”

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In August 2021, Armstrong was able to return to Texas A&M and complete his bachelor’s degree in construction science.

He is now a project engineer at MIINC in Dallas.

Armstrong said he looks forward to the next chapter of his life, but said Neufled and his parents will always hold a place in his heart.

“If I had to lay down and lay down and not focus on recovery, then what was the point of all this?” Armstrong said.

As for the future, Armstrong said one of his big goals is to work as a project manager in a hospital or rehabilitation center.

He said he would like to keep in touch with all the medical professionals who have helped him along his journey.