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Scientist explains what was actually happening when plane was spotted not moving

Scientist explains what was actually happening when plane was spotted not moving

A plane can be seen stationary in mid air, prompting scientists to explain how this can happen.

A video has gone viral after it appeared that a plane was stationary, hanging in the air, and people are calling it a ‘glitch in the matrix’.

Scientists are having to come up with answers to a strange TikTok video that showed, what appeared to be, a plane hanging in mid air without travelling.

And this isn’t the only time this has happened.

A similar moment that happened in San Francisco, was caught on video and posted to TikTok earlier this year as well.

The plane in the other video has accumulated millions of views, with people baffled by how such a thing could be a possibility.

The plane appears to be still, leading Tania to cry out: "I told you! I told you! Did I not tell you? That is f**king crazy! Bro!"

Tania wrote: "Glitch in Matrix? This isn't the first time I've seen this in Chicago either."

Other TikTok users shared their confusion in the comments.

One wrote: "I would've had to pull over & get out to make sure I was seeing this correctly…. This is wicked lol."

You have to see it to believe it.

Another commenter said: "Can't no plane just sit in idle… yeah definitely a glitch," as another wrote: "Dude this confirms way back I saw a plane stay in one spot and looked at everyone around me they thought I was nuts..."

Some other viewers weren't as convinced, with one remarking: "Have you heard of the relativity of motion?"

Another wrote: "The comment section is filled with people who never studied physics."

And it seems the sceptics have it right, as the seemingly alarming phenomena can be explained by simple science.

What's most likely happening is that the plane is caught up in very strong headwinds - this is the wind that blows against an object in travel - which results in it moving very slowly.

The plane could also be slowing down because it's trying to land.

To people on the ground who see the plane for a few seconds and are travelling in the opposite direction, it may appear that the plane has stopped moving altogether.

Commenting on a similar optical illusion video, Metro's technology editor Jeff Parsons said: "In all likelihood the motion of the car is counteracting the slowing down of the plane – possibly as it comes in to land.

"Add to that the shifting perspective of the camera and it could seem as if the plane was stationary in the air."

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@tania.draws