After a military aircraft crashed in Myanmar on June 10, 2021, killing 12 people, a video started doing rounds on social media with a claim that it shows the recent crash.
A user shared the video on Facebook with the caption which can be roughly translated to, “A plane crash near Pyin Oo Lwin that killed 12 people and injured two others.”
(Original – ၁၂ဉီးသေဆုံးပြီး ၂ဉီးဒဏ်ရာရခဲ့တဲ့ ပြင်ဦးလွင်အနီးလေယဥ်ပျက်ကျတဲ့အခြေအနေ)
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NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be MISLEADING.
A Reverse Image Search along with some keywords led us to a video published on Facebook by a Burmese media organisation Mizzima dated February 10, 2016.
The description of the video in Burmese can be loosely translated to ‘Security forces carrying the dead bodies of a major, two captains, and one lieutenant sergeant, who were killed in the military plane crash that landed in a field near Kyan Khin Village, Shwe Pyi Thar village tract, Lewe township, Naypyidaw at 9:41 on February 10, 2016. (Video by Nay Thar/ Mizzima)’.
The incident was reported by multiple news organisations. We found a report by French newswire AFP dated February 10, 2016, featuring a snapshot from the video. The headline of the report read, “Five dead in Myanmar military plane crash: officials.”
As per the report, all five crew members died when a Myanmar air force plane crashed in the capital Naypyidaw on February 10, 2016, bursting into flames soon after take-off and smashing into a nearby field.
More reports on the incident can be read here, here and here.
Thus, it is clear from the above information that visuals of a plane crash in 2016 are being shared as recent. Hence, the claim is misleading.
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