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Old Video from US Shared Falsely Claiming Crash of Russian Plane in Ukraine

A video alleging to show a Russian military aircraft crash landing on water is going viral among Nepali TikTok users. Newschecker found the video to be old and unrelated to the Russia Ukraine war.

Now in its sixth week, the Russia Ukraine war continues to drag on with Ukraine’s regional authorities saying that there has been no let-up in attacks by Russian forces despite pledging reduction in military action.

In this context, TikTok user @susmi5011 posted a video, showing a military aircraft landing on the ocean near a beach. Text superimposed on the video reads, “A Russian plane crash-landed in the ocean recently, what do you call this pilot who safely landed this plane? Or was it downed by Ukraine?”

A screengrab of the viral video claiming that a Russian plane crashed.

The video, posted on March 22 is spreading quickly, garnering 32.8K likes and 213 shares, while 157 people had commented at last count.

Fact Check /Verification

To check the authenticity of the claim made in the video, Newschecker took different key-frames from the viral video and conducted reverse image searches on google. But the searches didn’t yield any relevant results. Then we searched on google using keywords ‘plane crash landing on water’ and found a video bearing a resemblance to the viral video on the YouTube Channel of American TV Show “Today”.

Newschecker analysed the visual and found that it matched the viral video. The video shows an emergency landing of a World War II-era plane after experiencing a mechanical glitch during an air show near Cocoa Beach, Florida in April 2021.

Further, we searched for another video of the Florida incident on YouTube and found a video matching the viral video posted on a YouTube channel named ViralHog. Text on the video stated that the footage shows the splashdown landing of a World War II-era plane that took place in Florida in the US in April 2021.  


The viral video showing an emergency landing of a World War II-era plane near Cocoa Beach in Florida, US in 2021 is shared with a false context claiming it to be a Russian plane crashing in the ocean.

Result: False Context/False




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Sanjeeb Phuyal
Sanjeeb Phuyal
Sanjeeb Phuyal is the Nepali Editor of Newschecker based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He brings over a decade of experience writing and editing breaking news and features on Nepali politics, society, environment and current affairs. Most of his work appeared in Kathmandu Post, where he spent over ten years leading and managing the online team and putting innovative ideas into practice. Besides overseeing daily news, features and visual journalism, he’s also translated and edited content. With the growth of social media platforms—and the ever-growing competition amongst media outlets to churn out breaking news, he feels that fact-checking every piece of news and information has become essential today than ever before.


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