Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 en route from Portland, Oregon, to Ontario, Canada, suffered mid-flight chaos after an explosion tore a hole in the side of the plane, forcing it to make an emergency landing and frightening passengers en route. The amazing aftermath was captured by an Alaska Airlines passenger plane and his TikToker Vee (@vee_wins) with a virus video The song is titled “Be F*cking For Real” and as of Sunday, it has been viewed an astonishing 10.4 million times.
The harrowing incident, which has made headlines around the world, occurred just six minutes after takeoff. As the aircraft approached 440 miles per hour and an altitude of 16,000 feet, explosive decompression—A large hole opens in the side of the aircraft.
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Vee’s video shortly after landing begins with an oxygen mask on her face, with the caption, “POV: Woke up from a nap on the plane and thought it was turbulence.” She then turned the camera to reveal the rest of the chaotic cabin and nervous passengers wearing oxygen masks, before zooming in on a large hole in the side of the plane and captioning it: Up in the sky. ”
The shocking video prompted a flood of comments expressing horror and sympathy, with some already mentioning the state of air travel in the aftermath of the accident. difficult holiday travel season. “Can I get a refund or discount?” was a popular comment, while another, “I’m literally going to Alaska tomorrow,” reflected concerns about flying in general.
The most popular comment took a more macro approach, reflecting the prevalence of social media in reporting, stating: ”
The cause of the explosion is currently under investigation, but it caused an explosion. Rapid cabin depressurization, which resulted in the deployment of supplemental oxygen. The plane descends quickly to a lower altitude to equalize the pressure. Fortunately, all 174 passengers and six crew members were unharmed.Unfortunately, not without incidents precedent It prompted Alaska Airlines to ground its Boeing 737-9 aircraft pending further investigation by the FAA.
Last spring, one of Boeing’s manufacturers issued this warning: Quality control of 737-9 partsHowever, it concluded there was no “immediate safety risk”. CEO Ben Minicucci announced a precautionary grounding for thorough maintenance and safety inspections, resulting in 160 canceled flights as of Saturday. Approximately 23,000 passengers affected. The aircraft, which was certified just two months ago, had logged 145 flights since November before the incident. Boeing has pledged its full cooperation as safety concerns remain about the Max series and the investigation continues, derailing the project and causing anxiety for passengers.
Vee’s videos and harrowing first-hand accounts keep millions of viewers on the edge of their seats, and social media platforms like TikTok provide the public with a live account of breaking national, and in this case international, news. revealed the power of In an era when social media is at the forefront of top headlines, Vee’s video showcases how viral media is competing with mainstream media to get the news to the people.
The Daily Dot reached out to Alaska Airlines via email and Vee asked for more information in a comment on TikTok.
*First published: January 7, 2024 at 2:00 PM CST
Jack Alban is a freelance journalist for the Daily Dot, covering relationship trends and social media topics and how real people are reacting to them. He always strives to create not-so-average viral posts by incorporating evidence-based research, current events, and facts related to these stories.