Flight crew member accidentally catches ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ Falcon 9 liftoff

  • The crew member onboard the flight filmed the incredible moment
  • The flight was flying above Cape Canaveral in Florida as SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launched
  • They later shared the video to TikTok where it garnered 5.9 million likes and more than 28,000 comments

Published on Mar 12, 2024 at 9:19 PM (UTC+4)
by Adam Gray

Last updated on Mar 13, 2024 at 9:19 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Passengers flying on a plane passing Cape Canaveral in Florida unwittingly got a front row seat to the launch of Falcon 9.

A flight crew member, who goes by @chefpinkpr, was working during the plane journey and accidental caught the liftoff on camera.

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Although the part-time TikToker – who’s called Nelito and usually posts cooking content – uploaded the “once in a lifetime” video to the platform.

“My plane flew by Cape Canaveral and caught SpaceX Falcon 9 launch!,” Nelito wrote across the video.

The TikToker included an emoji to signify it being a ‘mind-blowing’ experience.

Nelito’s video was captioned with: “While working my flight we witnessed this one in a lifetime phenomenon!”

It’s not clear when the video was captured, but one Twitter user shared a similar video on 26 November, 2022.

In that particular video, we get a view of the SpaceX rocket launching from a vantage point above, with a clear perspective of its take-off and upwards trajectory.

TikTok users were quick to share their awe after viewing the video, with more than 28,000 comments appearing beneath.

“We watched the launch nearby, saw your plane and said ‘wow the view they must have,'” one user commented.

“Wow, can’t believe they launched that with a commercial flight that close,” another posted.

“Imagine watching this and just seeing a rocket coming right at you,” a third said.

Some users even had sympathy for those passengers sitting on the opposite side of the plane.

“Passengers on the right side seething,” one user wrote.

“I would definitely be on the other side of the plane,” another commented.

“I would be fuming if I was on the other side of the plane,” a third posted.

In other SpaceX-related news, the company has made history using Starlink’s ‘Direct-to-Cell’ satellites.

Meanwhile, SpaceX’s Crew-7 mission is now complete as the Dragon spacecraft returns to Earth.

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Adam Gray

Adam Gray is an experienced motoring journalist and content creator based in the United Kingdom. Using his media accreditation with manufacturers’ press offices, Adam test drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches, producing written reviews and news pieces for supercarblondie.com. Before joining the Supercar Blondie team, Adam was Motoring Editor for Portfolio North magazine, North East Motoring Editor at Reach plc, and provided motoring content on a freelance basis to several lifestyle and business publications in the North of England. When he’s not behind the wheel of the latest car, Adam can be found at his local rink playing ice hockey or supporting his beloved Middlesbrough FC.