Couple pose for selfie on runway after plane crash which killed two

Nov 30, 2022

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

Couple pose for selfie on runway after plane crash which killed two

Nov 30, 2022

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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Couple pose for selfie moments after surviving plane crash which killed two

A couple posted a selfie of themselves still covered in firefighting foam moments after their plane crashed. The couple had been on board the LATAM Airlines plane when it crashed on the runway in Lima, Peru.

The plane’s wing collided with a fire truck during take-off. No passengers or crew on board were injured, but sadly two firefighters were killed. The couple has been condemned for poor taste after posting the image to Twitter.

The caption of the image translates to: “When life gives you a second chance”. Clearly, the couple is expressing that they are happy to be alive, and allegedly at the time of posting, they had no knowledge of the fatalities.

The plane was carrying 120 passengers at the time of the crash. A video showed that the truck was hit by the wing of the plane, causing some of the aircraft’s wheels to buckle. The plane skidded on its undercarriage for hundreds of feet down the runway, partially catching fire.

In the background of the image, you can clearly see the plane. It’s also covered in foam, its wing broken and listing to one side. The image was posted to Twitter by Enrique Varsi-Rospigliosi, who also appears to be the man in the photo.

The image currently has over 200,000 likes, so clearly, not everyone thinks it’s poor taste. I imagine surviving even such a relatively minor plane crash as this would be a terrifying ordeal, and the pair are clearly just thankful to still be alive.

Taking and posting a selfie does seem to be a common reaction to events these days. It has become so normalized that I doubt whether this couple even stopped to think about it. While this time, the selfie itself wasn’t dangerous, it was perhaps a little inappropriate. Other people have got into a lot of trouble taking selfies, it being a major contributor to accidental deaths, according to one Australian report.

What do you think? A natural reaction or a bit tasteless?

[Via the Daily Mail]

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10 responses to “Couple pose for selfie on runway after plane crash which killed two”

  1. Clayton Douglas Avatar
    Clayton Douglas

    Kind of a perfect time to do a selfie. To be honest. They just survived a plane crash. And it’s likely they didn’t even know two people were dead. Why does this article exist?

  2. Duncan Knifton Avatar
    Duncan Knifton

    if they didn’t know about the deaths, and were just happy to be alive, I think the backlash is a bit OTT..
    They were on the plane, so were probably still had adrenaline pumping through their veins ……

  3. Rochel Nilendra Avatar
    Rochel Nilendra

    Why wouldn’t they? It’s a miracle to be alive

  4. Antoine Hart Avatar
    Antoine Hart

    Pretty sure they didnt know people died

  5. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
    Jolyon Ralph

    I don’t think they knew about the deaths. Not tasteless

  6. Reine Järletun Avatar
    Reine Järletun

    DIYPhotography more tasteless to bring it up in your feed. Smells tasteless clickbait to me

  7. Jim Beardsley Avatar
    Jim Beardsley

    Tasteless

  8. Alex Woo Avatar
    Alex Woo

    They seem to be just happy to be still alive.

  9. John Aldred Avatar
    John Aldred

    Whether or not they knew about the deaths is irrelevant. This was probably the easiest way for them to tell friends and family that they were still alive so they weren’t worrying – especially given the news that people HAD died in the crash.

    It’s not like they’re some 25-going-on-14 influencer just showing off and bragging.

  10. Joost Wierenga Avatar
    Joost Wierenga

    We need to learn not to give in to primal reactions all the time, but think a little more before acting.