Published On: Thu, May 29th, 2014

Logan Airport plane fire was a training exercise

The image of a burning plane at Logan Airport was shared over social media raising concerns across social media, but turned out to be Massport training exercise.

Twitter : Andrew Zimmern

Twitter : Andrew Zimmern

The Massachusetts Port Authority confirmed to Boston.com they were conducting a training exercise at the airport  after Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern tweeted photo blistered around the Internet.

Scary at Logan. Plane engulfed in flames Delta Terminal –  Logan International Airport. – he tweeted.

Am I alone seeing a plane on fire on Tarmac at Logan in Boston? Lots of lights and responding vehicles and a blackened hull spewing flames — Andrew Zimmern (@andrewzimmern) May 28, 2014

Zimmern has more than 700,000 followers, so the “news” traveled fast.

Matt Brelis, a spokesman for Massport told Boston.com that “The fire is not on the tarmac it’s on the airfield. This is something we do 3-4 times a week for training. It’s really not such a big deal.” Brelis also said Massport would “probably release something on it later today since it got so much attention.”

Heavy black smoke billowed across the airfield.

After the training drill was confirmed: Zimmern tweeted, “Wow. Test burns and training ops should be announced in airport. Lots of scared ppl staring out windows. No officials saying anything”

In 2013 the airport conducted a similar drill on the anniversary of September 11th, it created quite the stir as well –  more HERE

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