Alaskan Airlines Passenger, Former College Swimmer Emma Vu Reflects on Emergency Landing

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Emma Vu is the social media manager for swimsuit brand Arena as well as a club swim coach in her home of Portland, Oregon. Vu swam in college at the University of La Verne and grew up swimming for much of her youth. She was also on the Alaskan Airlines flight on Friday evening that had a door-sized hole ripped out of it while in the air and had to make an emergency landing. Vu recounts the event on the plane as well as how swimming played a role throughout her whole experience that weekend.


Music: Otis McDonald

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Steve Nolan
6 months ago

How dare y’all besmirch the commenters.

I’ve also not yet died in a plane crash, where’s my podcast?!

lol this was really fun tho, need more just rando swim-adjacent convos

Last edited 6 months ago by Steve Nolan
6 months ago

See Aloha Airlines Flight 243 in 1988. Explosivedecompression caused a 737 to lose its’ top,but it landed with all passengers relatively safe.Look at the photos of it.

Reply to  Elmer
6 months ago

That was a 20 year old plane, that had gone through almost 90,000 takeoffs and landings. A flight attendant was sucked out of the plane and died. Here, the plane was only two months old.

Emma Vu
6 months ago

Emma here! Thank you guys so much for having me on. I don’t want people to think I was playing on my laptop mid podcast haha. I had my phone propped up against my laptop and was moving the curser back and forth since I was feeling anxious 🫣 I didn’t realize you can see it on the screen

Reply to  Emma Vu
6 months ago

All good. Mouse clicking is my anxious habit too.

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