ADVERTISEMENTREMOVE AD

No, That's Not the Satellite Footage of the IAF Helicopter Crash

The clip of a chopper crashing was digitally created and aired by Tamil television channel News 7 Tamil.

Published
WebQoof
3 min read
story-hero-img
i
Aa
Aa
Small
Aa
Medium
Aa
Large
Hindi Female

A clip showing visuals of a helicopter crashing into a forest is being widely shared claiming that it shows the chopper crash in Coonoor that claimed the lives of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and 12 others on 8 December 2021.

However, we found that the viral clip was actually taken from a news bulletin aired by Tamil news channel News 7 Tamil, and shows a simulation of the crash.

The clip, which was a part of a detailed bulletin about the crash in Coonoor also shows names of air bases and shows digitally created visuals of Rawat in the chopper.

ADVERTISEMENTREMOVE AD

CLAIM

The short clip is being shared with the following text:

"Satellite video of helicopter crash in coonoor. I think the tail rotor got snapped and it suddenly turned in reverse direction and crashed within 2 seconds. No reaction time. (sic)"

The clip of a chopper crashing was digitally created and aired by Tamil television channel News 7 Tamil.

An archive of this tweet can be accessed here.

(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)

Archived versions of more such claims can be seen here, here, and here.

0

WHAT WE FOUND OUT

We observed the video and saw that it carried the watermark and logo of a Tamil news channel 'News 7'.

The clip of a chopper crashing was digitally created and aired by Tamil television channel News 7 Tamil.

The clip carried a logo and watermark with the words 'News 7'.

(Source: WhatsApp/Altered by The Quint)

We looked for this report on their YouTube channel and found a detailed report, which carried the same visuals. This video also had digitally created visuals that showed the late General in a chopper.

Throughout the report, the channel did not claim that the video was satellite footage, nor did they claim that it was a real video of the mishap.

Next, we looked for more visuals of the crash using keywords in Tamil on the channel and found the same video as the one which is now viral, uploaded on 8 December 2021.

We translated this video's title to English, and saw that it read 'Graphical display'.

The clip of a chopper crashing was digitally created and aired by Tamil television channel News 7 Tamil.

The video's title reads 'Graphical display'.

(Source: YouTube/Altered by The Quint)

The video has no other elements except the graphics depicting the way the helicopter may have crashed.

Clearly, a digitally created representation of the IAF chopper crash in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu was wrongly shared by social media users as satellite footage of the incident that claimed 13 lives, including that of the late CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife, and other defence personnel.

(Not convinced of a post or information you came across online and want it verified? Send us the details on WhatsApp at 9643651818, or e-mail it to us at webqoof@thequint.com and we'll fact-check it for you. You can also read all our fact-checked stories here.)

(At The Quint, we are answerable only to our audience. Play an active role in shaping our journalism by becoming a member. Because the truth is worth it.)

Read Latest News and Breaking News at The Quint, browse for more from news and webqoof

Topics:  Viral Video   Webqoof   CDS Bipin Rawat 

Speaking truth to power requires allies like you.
Become a Member
3 months
12 months
12 months
Check Member Benefits
Read More
×
×