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Old Images Shared as Recent Visuals From Iranian President’s Helicopter Crash

Three of these images could be traced back to 2020, which predates the helicopter crash of Iranian President Raisi.

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A set of four different images showing a plane crash is being shared to claim that it shows recent visuals from the helicopter crash of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

What have users said?: Those sharing the photographs have said, "Breaking: Many bodies of those died in Iran President Raisi helicopter crash have been burnt and cannot be identified."

Three of these images could be traced back to 2020, which predates the helicopter crash of Iranian President Raisi.

An archive of the post can be found here.

(Source: X (formerly Twitter)/Screenshot)

When this report was being written, the post had garnered over two million views on the platform. (More archives of similar claims can be viewed here, here, and here.)

What is the truth?: The viral claim is misleading. Three of these images could be traced back to 2020 and reportedly shows a two-seater plane crashing in Salman Shahr, Iran.

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How did we find that out?: On performing a reverse image search on one of the images using Google Lens, we found that similar visuals on an X handle named '@Iranian_RCS'.

  • The image showed the plane with the same number '1136', which was also seen in the viral image.

  • The post carried the second image as well that showed a man wearing a mask standing at the crash site.

  • It was published on 22 April 2020 and its caption mentioned that a airplane flying from Bisheh Koila to Tehran crashed around Salman Shahr.

  • The tragic incident led to the death of the pilot and co-pilot.

News reports: A report published in an Iranian news agency named Isna said that a plane recently crashed in Salman Shahr area, which resulted in the death of two people.

  • According to the spokesperson of the police force, the tragic incident happened during a law enforcement operation due to adverse weather conditions.

  • Another online portal called 'Mizan Online' showed different visuals from the crash site of the plane numbered '1136'.

Three of these images could be traced back to 2020, which predates the helicopter crash of Iranian President Raisi.

The report was published on 22 April 2020.

(Source: Mizan Online/Screenshot)

  • Team WebQoof could not independently verify the third image seen in the viral post.

Conclusion: These images are old and unrelated to the recent helicopter crash of Iranian President.

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