2014 Video From Russia Falsely Linked to Recent Helicopter Crash in Kyiv

The video dates back to 4 September 2014 and shows a helicopter crash at Gelendzhik Airport in Krasnodar, Russia.

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2014 Video From Russia Falsely Linked to Recent Helicopter Crash in Kyiv

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A video showing a helicopter going up in a cloud of smoke and flames after landing is being shared on social media.

The claim: Users are sharing the 17-seconds long clip linking it to the helicopter which crashed in Kyiv, Ukraine on 18 January.

  • The aircraft crashed near a residential building and a kindergarten in a town called Brovary, claiming 18 lives. One of the deceased was Ukraine's Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyy.

An archive of this tweet can be seen here.

(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)

(Archives of more claims on social media can be seen here, here, and here.)

But..?: The video has been on the internet since September 2014 and is not related to the crash in Kyiv.

  • It reportedly shows an Mi-8 helicopter, operated by PANH airlines, crash landing at Gelendzhik Airport in Krasnodar, Russia.


How did we found out?: Using InVID, a video verification tool, we divided the viral video into multiple keyframes.

  • A reverse image search on one of them led us a to website with the video, which mentioned that it showed a video from Russia and was published eight years ago.

The video was published eight years ago.

(Source: by The Quint)

  • Taking a cue from this, we ran an advanced keyword search on Google and filtered our results by date.

  • This took us a video on YouTube published on 5 September 2014. The description mentioned that it showed an Mi-8 helicopter crashing at Gelendzhik Airport in Russia.

Next, we used keywords in Russian to look for news reports about the event.

  • A report by NTV Russia carried visuals and details about an Mi-8 helicopter crashing during an airshow at Gelendzhik Airport in Russia's Krasnodar on 4 September 2014.

NTV Russia carried the video in its report.

(Source: NTV Russia/Screenshot)

  • It mentioned that two people, including one of the pilots, were killed after the crash.

  • We also found report of the incident on the Interstate Aviation Committee's website, which is a group of 12 countries including Russia, overseeing civil aviation between member nations.

What happened in Kyiv?: Eighteen people, including Ukraine's Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyy died after a helicopter crashed next to a residential building in Kyiv's Brovary suburb.

  • One child was killed and several other children were injured as a result of the crash.

Conclusion: The video is eight years old and shows a helicopter crashing during an airshow at Gelendzhik Airport in Russia.

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