Fake News: Video Does NOT Show Moment Pilot Lost Control Before Ethiopian Plane Crashed

Hoax Alert

  • by: Maarten Schenk

Does this video show the moment the pilot of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 Boeing that crashed on Sunday? No, that's not true: the footage is from a different crash in Afghanistan in 2013.

An example of the video was published on Instagram on March 11, 2019 by an account named "Celebrities Buzz" (@celebritiesbuzz)(archived here) embedded below:

(video archived here)

Screenshot of https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu4aXZyFqso/

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail:

56 Likes, 7 Comments - Celebrities Buzz (@celebritiesbuzz) on Instagram: "Video shows the moment the pilot control lost before the Ethiopian plane crashed #Viralvideo..."

Video shows the moment the pilot control lost before the Ethiopian plane crashed\n\n#Viralvideo #aeroplane #ethiopia

The video was published by a Ghanian gossip website:

Video shows the moment pilot control lost before the Ethiopian plane crashed

There's a video going viral online which captures the very moment the Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crushed unto the ground. The Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all on board. The airline said 149 passengers and eight crew members were on flight ET302 from the Ethiopian capital to Nairobi in Kenya.

However the video actually shows a crash that happened near Baghram airport in Afghanistan in 2013:

  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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