Several old videos and images of plane crashes around the world are being shared online with false claims that they show the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crash near Addis Ababa on March 10, 2019 killing all 157 people on board.
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A Facebook page named ‘Ghana in Africa’ shared the same video with a misleading caption, ‘Here is the video of the Boeing 737 Max Ethiopian Airlines before the crash.’
The post had gained around 26 thousand views as of writing this piece.
BOOM did a Google reverse image search and using the video verification tool INVID, found that the video was reported by CNN on May 4, 2016.
One can spot the CNN logo in the bottom right corner of the screen.
CNN had credited the video to Dewi Rachmayani who shot the video from inside the Etihad Airways flight traveling from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta when flight encountered turbulence.
The plane, an Airbus A330-200, landed safely after the incident, but nine people were taken to
Video 2: Burning plane wreckage
Another video making the rounds on WhatsApp, is where one can spot the burning wreckage of a plane crash with bodies lying around.
BOOM found that this was from a recent plane crash in Colombia on March 9, 2019, a day prior to the Ethiopian plane crash.
The same video of the incident was uploaded by a Colombian news outlet by El Espectador, one can spot similar wreckage in both the videos which confirms it is from the same incident.
Image of plane wreckage
An image of a plane wreckage is circulating with the claim that it is of the Boeing 737 in Addis Ababa.
BOOM did a reverse image search and found that the picture was from an Indonesian military plane crash in 2015.
The Hercules C-130 transporter had crashed into a residential area in the city of Medan, Indonesia which killed around 142 military personnel and their families who were seated in the plane. (Read more here)
In the picture, security forces and rescue teams can be spotted examining the wreckage of the Indonesian military C-130 Hercules transport plane after it crashed into a residential area in the North Sumatra city of Medan, Indonesia reads the caption of the photo.
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Anmol Alphonso is a fact-checker with BOOM. He has previously interned at IndiaSpend as a fact-checker and was a reporting intern at Times of India, Indian Express, and Mid-Day. He is a post-graduate diploma holder in journalism from St Paul’s Institute of Communication Education, Mumbai.
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