How 'woots' turned to 'damn'

ULF Waschbusch seems to spend a lot of time on planes - and Twitter.

After recent flights on Turkish Airlines and Emirates, he was excited to book a flight on Qantas's A380 for a short trip to Australia and New Zealand.

''Woot!'' he exclaimed with excitement on October 18, when he used Twitter to tell the world of his travel plans.

Fifteen days later on November 2, Ulf was doubly excited about his trip, despite it being only five days long.

''I'm kinda looking forward to wearing a sweater again,'' he told Twitter, anticipating the cool weather in Australia.

''2 days til spring time in Sydney and Auckland. Woot Woot.''

By midday yesterday, he was inside Singapore airport taking pictures of the A380 he was about to board, and publishing them on yfrog, an internet publishing site.

But just four hours later disappointment had struck.

''Just emergency landed back in Singapore after engine two blew up at take-off and parts ripped through wings. Damn,'' he tweeted.

But that didn't stop him bringing the story to the world, taking a photo out of the window of the plane.

The world's media noticed too - within an hour of the Qantas scare, Ulf's Twitter account was inundated by journalists from around Australia and as far away as France.

In the space of 30 minutes, his number of official ''followers'' had almost doubled to 385.

Surviving a mid-air crisis and doubling your readership in a single day - now that's something to woot about.

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