Airplane over Seattle appears to be on fire causing panic on social media – but the


Airplane over Seattle appears to be on fire causing panic on social media – but the incident was a false alarm caused by skydivers with flares

  • Seattle Police Department told DailyMail.com the incident was a false alarm
  • Skydivers with flares were jumping into the Seattle Sounders MLS game
  • Images sparked panic and confusion on social media platform X

An aircraft over Seattle appeared to be on fire in videos posted online on Saturday night, sparking fear on social media — but the incident was a false alarm.

‘It was a skydiver with pyrotechnics for the Sounders Game occurring this evening over at Lumen Field,’ a Seattle Police Department spokesperson told DailyMail.com, referring to the city’s MLS club. 

Photos and videos posted to social media showed an aircraft with twin streaks of flames extending behind it.

Some of the images depicted the streaks of flames veering off in separate directions.

A plane over Seattle appeared to be on fire in videos posted online on Saturday night, sparking fear on social media -- but the incident was a false alarm

A plane over Seattle appeared to be on fire in videos posted online on Saturday night, sparking fear on social media — but the incident was a false alarm

A skydiver poses for a picture after landing in Lumen field on Saturday night. Pyrotechnics used by the skydiver were responsible for false alarms about a burning plane, police said

A skydiver poses for a picture after landing in Lumen field on Saturday night. Pyrotechnics used by the skydiver were responsible for false alarms about a burning plane, police said

The images, which were first posted on X at around 7.30pm local time, sparked confusion and panic on the platform. 

‘Looks like a passenger plane engine exploded mid air in Seattle,’ one person wrote.

‘Um, what were those falling fireballs in the Seattle sky just now?’ wrote another.

Yet another asked: ‘What in the name is going on in Seattle’? 

In 2019, a similar incident sparked reports of a UFO or huge meteor over downtown Los Angeles.

In that case, the fireball turned out to be winged jumpers who were performing a Red Bull stunt.

A member of the Navy Leap Frogs parachutes into Lumen Field before a match between the Seattle Sounders on Saturday

A member of the Navy Leap Frogs parachutes into Lumen Field before a match between the Seattle Sounders on Saturday

In the Los Angeles incident, three members of the ‘Red Bull Air Force’ had jumped from a helicopter, 4,000 feet in the air, as part of a stunt to mark the third supermoon of the year.

They wore custom winged suits which had pyrotechnics and LED lights fitted to them and which sparkled as the men flew through the air at 120mph before activating their parachutes.

Police said that Saturday’s sighting in Seattle was related to the Sounders game, where members of the Navy Leap Frogs parachuted into Lumen Field. 

The Sounders, who clinched an MLS playoff berth on Wednesday, were set to face their Cascadia Cup rivals, the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Seattle is returning to the playoffs after missing out in 2022, the only season since it joined MLS in 2009 in which it failed to qualify for the postseason. 



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