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Kedarnath Helicopter Crash: No, This Image Does Not Show Uttarakhand Chopper Mishap

Claim

Image of airborne helicopter up in flames linked to recent chopper crash in Kedarnath.

Screenshot of tweet by @vineeta_rai_

Links to such posts can be seen here, here, here and here.

Fact

A Yandex reverse image search on the viral picture led us to a report by Mid-day, dated August 21, 2019, titled ‘Three dead in helicopter crash off Greek island of Poros.’ The report featured the viral image for representational purposes.

Screengrab from Mid-day website

We found several other news outlets have used the viral photo as a ‘representative image’ while reporting on different chopper crashes time and again.The same can be seen here, here and here.

(L-R) Viral image and image used for in news reports (Courtesy: news.abplive.com)

Furthermore, the viral photo can also be seen in image depositary, Depositphotos.com, with the caption “Helicopter exploding in flight.”

The same picture was uploaded on iStock, on March 24, 2015.

Screengrab from iStock website

We could thus conclude that a stock image has been used to show the recent helicopter crash in Kedarnath.

Result: Missing Context

Sources

Report By Mid-day, Dated August 21, 2019
Depositphotos.com
iStock

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Vasudha Beri
Vasudha Beri
Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.
Vasudha Beri
Vasudha Beri
Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

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