Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show 'Most Horrible Emergency Landing Ever' -- It's Computer-Generated Video Game Footage

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  • by: Kaiyah Clarke
Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show 'Most Horrible Emergency Landing Ever' -- It's Computer-Generated Video Game Footage Simulation

Does this video accurately show airplanes in situations that depict the "most horrible emergency landing ever"? No, that's not true: This footage is not real. It is a computer-generated video that is from a flight-simulator game, one of numerous such videos on this Facebook page and on other Facebook pages.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post on April 25, 2022. The caption is:

Most Horrible Emergency Landing Ever

This is what the post looked like at the time of writing:

emergency landing image.png

(Image source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thur May 26 17:18:51 2022 UTC)

This eight-minute, five-second video does not display actual footage of airplanes making dangerous emergency landings. It is clearly fake as it depicts a computer-generated scene, showing the planes being maneuvered in ways that are not possible without damaging the plane and the surrounding area. Aircraft hit the ground hard or trail smoke and flames with no visible signs of damage to the planes.

The Facebook account features a series of CGI-generated extreme flight situations. But, for instance, in this video, an "Ethiopeann Airlines" jet nearly loses a wing, above which the misspelled name of the airline is clearly seen. In this video, the jerky camera motions are clearly video game/simulator rotations and not jump-edits or rapid motions by a drone camera.

The Facebook account where this video appears, "G3," is self-described as a "gaming video creator." The transparency page shows this page was created on May 24, 2021.

G3 Page transparency screenshot.png

A Google search using keywords, "air canada korean air atlas air emergency landing simulation video game x plane 11" produced a November 1, 2019, YouTube video titled, "Most Horrible Emergency Landing Ever in X-Plane 11," which displays the exact video seen in the Facebook post.

The YouTube video was posted by an account called BBB-Gaming. A disclaimer underneath the video reads:

This is only in the flight simulation. This situation is not real!

Everything in this video doesn't happen in real life, because this situation is just a challenge for me to try in the flight simulation.

Lead Stories has previously debunked other videos purporting to show hazardous flights using online simulation. Those fact checks can be found here.

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  Kaiyah Clarke

Kaiyah Clarke is a fact-checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Journalism. When she is not fact-checking or researching counter-narratives in society, she is often found reading a book on the New York Times Bestseller List.

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