A US Airways plane en route to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Thursday evening blew a tire while trying to take off from the Philadelphia International Airport, and though the aircraft won’t be taking to the skies anytime soon, news of the accident has already circled the globe.
In a sign of the times, one Twitter user who goes by the handle "skip" immediately began tweeting out photos of the cantilevered jet. One picture was, of course, a selfie, which was preceded by the message "So my plane just crashed ..."
The situation was developing, though ABC News reported via Twitter that only one passenger was in need of medical assistance following the crash. And US Airways tweeted that those booked on Flight 1702 will be headed to Florida later tonight on a different plane.
The development was also reported by US Airways passenger Dennis Fee via a Facebook post and with Instagram video (below), which was obtained by ABC. Additionally, scroll down to see "skip's" tweets and Twitter reactions.
so yup pic.twitter.com/2WuLUWzpND— skip (@han_horan) March 13, 2014
so my plane just crashed... pic.twitter.com/X51BLwa5PS— skip (@han_horan) March 13, 2014
Will the US Airways selfie outscore the Ellen selfie? Will the term and art of selfies go away forever? Can one only hope?— Michael Sisak (@mikesisak) March 13, 2014
Emergency crews assessing passengers of US Airways Flight 1702 after plane blows tire at Philadelphia Int'l: pic.twitter.com/hVIbqxJQr9— ABC News (@ABC) March 13, 2014
Passengers were safely evacuated & we are reaccommodating passengers on a new aircraft, scheduled to depart later this evening.— US Airways (@USAirways) March 13, 2014