Delta Flight 1086 landed during a snowstorm, skidded off the runaway at LaGuardia, and crashed into a fence on Thursday. Luckily, no one was seriously injured and the situation could have turned out far more worse. As this story began to break, social media went abuzz.
Several passengers on the flight posted videos of exiting the plane, just steps away from the water. This passenger’s video shows the evacuation, writing, “Thank God! No one hurt.” It quickly went viral and spread across all social media platforms.
The flight was coming from Atlanta and was landing in New York. In a statement released by the Delta, there were 125 passengers and five crew members on the plane. The FDNY confirmed that 24 people suffered non-life threatening injuries, three of which had to be transferred to the hospital.
This incident goes to show how platforms, like Twitter and Facebook, can be valuable tools in the spreading of breaking news. It seems that content of all kind is welcomed, whether it be a photo, video, or quote. All in all, people are interested in spreading the news as quickly and efficiently as they can. However, the race to be first sometimes calls for trouble. When news beings to break, the scene is chaotic and not many facts are known. And this is the part where citizen journalism becomes a problem.
Anyone can take a picture and tweet information about what’s going on. But just how accurate really are they and where are they getting their information from? This is the part that sometimes requires the media to be skeptical of citizen journalists. As humans it’s in our blood to be competitive, and to provide instant gratification. But part of that gratification comes from the audience.