Fact Check: Viral video makes false claim on helicopter crash near Ukraine’s capital Kyiv
A footage is in circulation online which purports to show a helicopter crash outside the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv.
Hyderabad: A footage is in circulation online which purports to show a helicopter crash outside the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv.
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The claim is false.
We conducted a Google reverse image search on the key frames of the viral footage and it led us to a YouTube video by WFAA, dated March 26, 2022, titled ‘Helicopter crash in Rowlett captured on cellphone video.’
The video featured the viral video with the description, “Two people have died, including the pilot, after a helicopter crashed and caught fire in Rowlett on Friday morning, officials said…The crash happened near the 2200 block of Lakeview Parkway, near Dexham Road, in an open lot surrounded by businesses. Rowlett is just east of Garland in northeast Dallas County.”
This information was later confirmed by a keyword search for “Helicopter crash,” & “Rowlett” which yielded a video report by FOX 4 Dallas-Fort Worth, dated March 26, 2022.
The video report displayed the snippets from the viral footage and the description said: “Video shows the moments before a helicopter crashed in a Rowlett field Friday. It burst into flames after impact, killing the pilot and a passenger”
A report by Daily Mail, also dated March 26, 2022, carried the same visuals while elaborating on the Rowlett helicopter crash.
Hence, the viral visuals do not show the recent helicopter crash outside Ukraine capital Kyiv. The video dates back to March 26, 2022, and shows visuals of a helicopter crash in Rowlett, Texas.