Plane crash survivor tweets selfie from landing site

Your plane just crash-landed and the flight crew hurriedly evacuated you and 148 other passengers. What is your first reaction?

 

Mike Fenn

IRL

Published Mar 14, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 3:25 pm CDT

Your plane just crash-landed and the flight crew hurriedly evacuated you and 148 other passengers. What is your first reaction?

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Take a selfie, of course.

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so yup pic.twitter.com/2WuLUWzpND

— skip (@han_horan) March 13, 2014

Hannah Udren’s US Airways flight from Philadelphia to Fort Lauderdale made it several feet off the ground before bouncing back to the runway. Its front landing gear collapsed and the plane skidded to a stop at the edge of the runway through a sea of sparks. Flight crews activated the plane’s emergency chutes and managed to get everyone to safety.

As Udren ran from the airplane, she pulled out her phone and recorded her progress.

Once she was at a safe distance away from the scene, she snapped and tweeted additional photographs. 

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so my plane just crashed… pic.twitter.com/X51BLwa5PS

— skip (@han_horan) March 13, 2014

Udren’s “selfie” picture immediately made its way around the Internet, being retweeted over 3,600 times and sparking reaction.

new craze, airplane crash selfie —> RT @han_horan: so yup pic.twitter.com/beIFHiSxw4

— Isaac Hepworth (@isaach) March 13, 2014

Best selfie ever. Glad everyone safely made it off the plane. @han_horan: so yup pic.twitter.com/rmM5w0lvUy

— Faces of Lung Cancer (@LungCancerFaces) March 14, 2014

Udren’s experience is a perfect example of the self-centric reaction people have in today’s technological age. No longer is it enough to simply record history; we must prove to the world that we were an active part of it, that we were there.

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Sure, people out there are criticizing Udren’s choice to take a selfie during such a crisis. However, as Twitter user Scott Bixby said…

Oh shut up you guys we’d all do this RT @han_horan so yup pic.twitter.com/9ijk5jg6M7

— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) March 13, 2014

All photos via Hannah Udren / Twitter

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*First Published: Mar 14, 2014, 2:44 pm CDT