Local councilman’s wife, daughter arrived at Brussels airport just moments before attack

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CLEVELAND - According to Ward 14 City Councilman Brian Cummins, his wife and teenage daughter were at the Brussels International Airport during the terror attacks in Brussels Tuesday.

"They left JFK to Brussels to Budapest. So, they were just there basically what was supposed to be a 2-hour layover that morning," said Cummins.

His wife Gayle and his daughter Tatum were visiting one of Tatum's best friends in Budapest.

But what was supposed to be a fun spring break trip quickly turned into chaos.

"The timing of this was pretty scary. Their plane landed basically 25 minutes prior to the bombing. They were actually on the tarmac. They were taxiing and their plane was diverted away from the terminal," said Cummins.

Cummins says his wife and daughter were sent to an airplane hangar where they remained "on lockdown" for about 12 hours before they were allowed to leave.

"Then, they had to take two buses, two trains, and a plane because they had to get themselves to Amsterdam. The airport in Brussels is closed today and it will still be closed tomorrow too," said Cummins.

Cummins says they were never in any immediate danger.

"I just thank God they weren't in the terminal. If the bomb went off, who knows 15 minutes later, they could have been in the departure section because they were there for a departing connecting flight to Budapest and the airport is not that big," said Cummins.

Cummins says Gayle and Tatum fly back to the United States April 2.

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