FACT CHECK: Doctored or real? Viral videos claim Indonesian airplane crash-landed

FACT CHECK: Doctored or real? Viral videos claim Indonesian airplane crash-landed
January 10
16:57 2022

On Sunday, some social media users in Nigeria circulated videos of an “airplane crash-landing” at an airport.

One of the videos also showed the emergency exit of passengers from the plane allegedly belonging to Garuda Indonesia, the country’s national airline.

The videos were widely shared on social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook and several YouTube channels, claiming the incident happened earlier in the month.

Ayo Ojeniyi, a Facebook user wrote, “Garuda Indonesia Flight 200 emergency landing. Crash landed today January 09 2022. Thank God Almighty no death. The crash landing moment is scare.”

The post generated over 3,000 views, 57 comments and 118 shares.


Isaac Fayose shared the video on his Facebook page with caption, “Wow. Plane crash landed. This is serious but thank God.” His post garnered over 100 comments, 549 shares and 18,000 views.

Shukree Abdullah also wrote on his Facebook page, “This is airplane (Garuda, Indonesia) was crashed land today (7.1.2022) in Mashhad City Iran.”


A Facebook page, TNNTV Channels, with over 3,000 followers posted the video with caption, “BREAKING: No death Recorded with the Crash landed Airplane. Garuda Indonesia Flight 200 emergency landing. This can only be God.” The video garnered 337 views and 25 shares.



An online check by TheCable showed the misleading video was shared online in 2021 and has been been fact-checked by AFP.

The platform found out that the video was actually created by a YouTube user with computer-generated imagery, while it added that it is not a real incident.


TheCable also noted that the two videos were merged using editing tools.

The second part of the video was a Caspian Airlines flight which veered off the runway in Iran’s Isfahan during landing after one of the aircraft’s gears collapsed on touchdown.

The incident was said to have happened on January 6.

According to Avherald, a website that publishes aviation incidents, 5 of the 110 passengers were slightly injured when they were forced to evacuate with emergency slides.

VERDICT: Findings showed that the viral videos were computer-generated and misleading.

This story is published in partnership with Report for the World, a global service program that supports local public interest journalism.


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