Southwest passenger paid $8 for WiFi to Facebook Live ‘final moments’ during emergency landing

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A passenger aboard the Southwest Airlines flight that crashed Tuesday captured video and photos as the plane went down.

Marty Martinez of Texas paid for WiFi to Facebook Live what he believed might have been his "final moments on earth," he said. Thirty minutes into Flight 1380 from La Guardia Airport to Dallasa jet engine failed.

Reaching for his oxygen mask and hearing "brace for landing," Martinez told CNN he began entering his credit card information for WiFi as the plane was going down, because he "wanted to be able to reach the people he loved."

Marty Martinez captured photos and video during Southwest Airlines Flight 1380's crash landing Tuesday.
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Marty Martinez captured photos and video during Southwest Airlines Flight 1380's crash landing Tuesday.

Many were trying to log online, but it was difficult to go through the motions amid the chaos, passenger Joe Marcus told CNN Wednesday. The cost for WiFi is $8 in air, according to Southwest's website.

Martinez's Facebook Live video is mostly pixelated, showing him holding a phone with his oxygen mask band over his eye. Another video he took in the plane shows him breathing heavily with his oxygen mask as his eyes dart around.

Martinez told CNN he was sitting in a window seat two rows behind the busted window that nearly sucked a mother of two out of the plane. She was  fatally injured.

"My thoughts and prayers are with her family," he said in a post on Facebook. "I feel very lucky to be alive."