Post Malone sent an emotional group WhatsApp message to his loved ones during his mid-air plane scare on Tuesday (21Aug18).
The Congratulations hitmaker was among the 16 passengers on board the Gulfstream Aerospace GLF-4, which took off from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey en route to Luton, England, when two of the plane’s tyres exploded, forcing the pilot to circle back and alert air traffic control officials that he would be performing an emergency landing near New York City.
TMZ reporters caught up with Post, real name Austin Richard Post, soon after he landed, and while he initially insisted, “I’m f**king alive, I’m ready to party”, he later admitted he had been so scared for his life, he sent a goodbye text to his close friends and family.
“We were just stuck in the air for so long not knowing,” the 23-year-old shared. “I just put everybody in a big group text to tell them I love them, just in case.”
Asked who he contacted, he replied: “I just did it all in one, you know, my family and friends. This was before anybody knew, I was just like, ‘Hey guys, I love you’ because I didn’t want to f**king freak people out and then me be stuck in the air. I was just trying to think of the possibilities, the outcomes of what could happen.”
Admitting that the experience had left him terrified of flying, Post added that alarm bells started to ring when what he believed to be smoke started entering the cabin. Just hours earlier, the Psycho rapper had been celebrating his Song of the Year win at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.
“We took off and apparently there was a sensor in the back that flipped out, and we landed,” he explained. “Then we took off again and we heard the tyre pop, and I don’t know if it was smoke or whatever coming in… I was like, ‘s**t, this is not good at all’.”
Post concluded by extending his heartfelt thanks to the pilots and aeroplane staff, who he said “handled it perfectly”, and joked that they had all earned themselves lifetime passes to his concerts.
– Cover Media0