Digitally Created Video Shared as Afghans Clinging to Aircraft to Escape Taliban
The video was created by Vietnamese graphic designer Huy Xuân Mai, who uploaded the video in August 2020.
A video of a man lying on an airplane turbine mid-air is going viral on social media with a claim that it shows 'citizens of Afghanistan riding on the wings of an airplane to escape Taliban'.
However, we found that the video was digitally created by a Vietnamese graphic designer 'Huy Xuân Mai', who started posting similar videos at the onset of the pandemic in 2020. This video isn't related to the Afghanistan crisis.
This claim comes in the background of the Taliban taking over Afghanistan and the heart-wrenching visuals which showed people jostling to get onto airplanes to get out of the country. One of the massively viral visuals even showed people falling to their death after they clung on to an aircraft as it took off.
The video is going viral across social media platforms with a claim that reads, "Citizens of Afghanistan scared of TB occupation hugging deaths and riding on the wings of the Airplane.(sic)"
WHAT WE FOUND
We divided the video into multiple keyframes using Google Chrome extension InVID and then followed it up with a reverse image search which led us to an Instagram post dated 19 August, 2020 with the same video.
At the end of the clip, a TikTok screen with the username 'Huy Xuân Mai' was visible.
Using the username as a clue, we conducted another reverse image search search on Google and came across a report by a Filipino lifestyle website Spot.
The article carried a Facebook video of the viral clip and also identified 'Huy Xuân Mai' as a graphic designer. This led us to the designer's verified Facebook page where the video was uploaded on 17 August, 2020.
We also found an article by Vietnamese website Zing News, who had spoken to Mai about his editing skills. Mai told Zing that he was initially a self-taught designer and started learning to use Photoshop in his twenties.
Evidently, this is a digitally created video and is not from Afghanistan.
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