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Old Video Of Plane Crash In Afghanistan Shared As Yeti Airlines Mishap In Nepal

Authors

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.

Claim

Footage of Yeti Airlines plane crash in Nepal on January 15, 2023

Screengrab from tweet by @nihalshaikh9881

Archived versions of such tweets can be found here, here, here and here.

Fact

A Yandex reverse image search on the keyframes of the viral video led us to a report by Insider, dated June 5, 2013, titled ‘Black Box Catches Telling Words Of Pilot In Disastrous Afghanistan Plane Crash.’ Displaying a screengrab from the viral footage, the report stated, “The Boeing 747 cargo jet that exploded earlier this year at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, likely crashed as a result of shifting weight inside the cargo bay, according to a joint investigation by the U.S. and Afghanistan.”

Old Video Of Plane Crash In Afghanistan Shared As Yeti Airlines Crash In Nepal
Screengrab from Insider website

Following this, we looked up keywords “Bagram,” “Afghanistan,” “Boeing 747,” & “crash” on Google and found multiple news reports from 2013 carrying a longer version of viral footage of a plane hitting the land and bursting into flames.

One such report by The Guardian dated May 1, 2013, featured a longer version of the viral plane crash footage with the caption, “Footage purports to show the moment a Boeing 747 US cargo plane crashes on its ascent from Bagram airbase, Afghanistan on Monday. The crash has resulted in the death of all seven American crew members on board. The exact cause of the crash is unknown, although there were thunderstorms in the area. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.”

Screengrab from The Guardian website

Other reports on the incident can be seen here, here and here.

We could thus conclude that nearly a decade old video from Afghanistan is being shared to falsely show the recent Yeti Airlines plane crash in Nepal.

Result: False

Sources

Report By Insider, Dated June 5, 2013
Report By The Guardian, Dated May 1, 2013

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Authors

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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