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Thursday 17 April 2014

Plane crash survivor takes selfie while floating in the Pacific Ocean

Ferdinand Puentes' plane crash selfie

Ferdinand Puentes survived a plane crash just off the coast of Hawaii which claimed the life of a passenger and used a selfie of himself floating in the Pacific as his Facebook profile pic.

Ferdinand was on the on a routine tour flight run by Makani Kai Air along with eight other passengers and a pilot on December 11 when the unthinkable happened.

After the plane appeared to suffer engine trouble, pilot Clyde Kawasaki, glided the plane onto the water and instructed the passengers to don life jackets.

One passenger, Loretta Fuddy, director of the Hawaii Department of Health, died in the water after the crash. Officials are still trying to determine the cause of death.

The Coast Guard reached the passengers afetr 80 minutes and they were plucked from the water, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board. The plane sank after about 25 minutes.

The plane has since been recovered from the floor of the Pacific Ocean and investigations are underway.

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