A viral video of an Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot who was injured when two Surya Kiran aircraft crashed in Bangalore is viral on social media with a misleading claim that the video shows a pilot who has been “arrested alive” in Pakistan.
The video is being shared by many Pakistani Facebook users and pages created by Pakistani nationals.
The post is also viral on Facebook with the caption, “2nd Indian Pilot Arrested Alive“
The image went viral on the backdrop of the Pakistani military claiming on Wednesday they had two Indian pilots in their custody. However, a spokesman for the Pakistani military later said only one pilot was in their custody, wire agency Reuters reported.
JUST IN: Pakistani military spokesman says Pakistan army has only one Indian pilot in custody, previously said two captured pic.twitter.com/zqRy3h5LUh— Reuters India (@ReutersIndia) February 27, 2019
The viral video is not from Pakistan but is from Bangalore when an IAF pilot was injured after two Surya Kiran planes crashed during a rehearsal, a day before the Aero India show. The incident happened on February 19, 2019 and the pilot in the video is Wing Commander Vijay Shelke.
The video was viral after the crash too as a local student was seen speaking to the pilot and comforting him minutes after the crash and everything captured on video.
It was also widely covered by media outlets and the other person in the video speaking to the IAF pilot was also interviewed. Read here