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Hawaiian plane crash survivor snaps selfie in Pacific Ocean

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Plane crash survivor Ferdinand Puentes takes a selfie while awaiting rescue. (Ferdinand Puentes/Hawaii News Now)

After capturing the harrowing moment a plane went down off a Hawaiian island, a crash survivor turned his GoPro camera on himself, snapping a selfie with the sinking aircraft in its background. 

Ferdinand Puentes and eight others, including the pilot, were aboard the Makani Kai Air Cessna when its engine quit on Dec. 11, according to KHON 2. One person was killed.

"Sirens and bells" started to sound on the plane, Puentes told KHON 2, and the Ewa Beach, HI native turned on his camera, recording footage of the traumatic ordeal. 

"I had to make sure it was on," the 39-year-old told Hawaii News Now, adding that he had two GoPro cameras and one on a tripod was rolling. He initially wanted to record the take-off. 

In images released to Hawaii News Now, Puentes is seen clinging onto a wing of the aircraft. Another image shows other passengers holding on to plane debris to stay afloat.

"It was so many things just happening. Is it for real? Is this really happening?" he told Hawaii News Now. 

But even with the sheer shock of the crash, Puentes reversed the camera on himself.

In a bright yellow life preserver, in the Pacific Ocean, clutching onto a seat cushion, he took a selfie; the tail of the sinking aircraft behind him.

According to KHON 2, Puentes was in his work gear.

"My steel-toed boots, my heavy work jeans and my long sleeve shirt. It was pretty hard and exhausting to swim with all that," he said.

In Puentes' video released to ABC News, the alarm sounds aboard the plane as it crash-lands into the water. Passengers can be seen putting on life-preservers as water begins to seep in.

They calmly exit the aircraft. 


"You could have died. There's so many variations that could have happened, could've happened for the worse," Puentes told KHON 2.

The passengers were eventually rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

KHON 2 reports that the National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate the crash.

What are your thoughts on the post-crash selfie? Have you ever been in a high-stress situation and recorded the ordeal? Can you relate to his instinct to document the event? Let us know in the comments section below.

Tags: Camera, GoPro, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean, Plane Crash, Selfie

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