Media alert: Facebook exec Sheryl Sandberg not on plane that crashed

Hours after the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport, the city’s fire chief reported that two had been confirmed killed and at least 60 of the passengers and crew were still unaccounted for. The whereabouts of Facebook executive and “Lean In” author Sheryl Sandberg, though, were quickly confirmed. Sandberg explained in a Facebook post that she was scheduled to have been on the flight but changed her plans at the last minute — giving the media something to talk about in the vacuum of information relative to the emergency at hand.

It was the Facebook post that launched a thousand headlines.

The fact that Sandberg — who was nowhere near the crash — quickly became the media “face” of the fatal tragedy didn’t sit well with some.

While plenty found the media’s angle on the story ridiculous, Richard Grenell reiterated that media malpractice in the face of tragedy was no laughing matter.

  • bluewaternavy

    I have to agree with the posters irritated about focusing on someone famous-that WASN’T on Asiana 214. Some 300 people were on that plane-that should be the focus. Focusing on Sandberg is ridiculous and insulting to those who were on that aircraft

  • Jennifer

    If I read all the above tweets correctly, I just agreed with a whole bunch of people I NEVER agree with!

  • Just Another Guy

    I remember a movie about people who got off an airplane that was destined to explode in the sky..”Final Destination.”

    I hope those that survived recover. Physically, emotionally and their baggage.

  • GaryTheBrave

    It’s good to know that FB will continue on now that we know that some executives were not on the plane. smh

  • Paul C.

    More shinny new objects.

  • Guest

    who gives a crap

  • mickeyco

    In case any of you were concerned, I wasn’t on the plane, either.

  • jem777

    I totally agree as well!