A collage of pictures of an aircraft crash is going viral on the internet, where users are linking it to the recent plane crash that happened in Nepal on 15 January.
What is the claim?: People on social media are sharing the photos with a caption in Hindi that says, "Deeply saddened by the loss of lives in the tragic plane crash at Pokhara International Airport in Nepal. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families in this hour of grief."
What is the truth?: While the pictures are from Nepal, they are old and were taken when a US-Bangla Airlines airplane crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal's Kathmandu on 12 March 2018.
How did we find out?: The Quint had reported the incident and covered all the live updates.
It mentioned that a passenger aircraft of US-Bangla Airlines had deviated from the runway and crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport on 12 March 2018.
The unfortunate incident reportedly resulted in the death of over 50 people on board.
The report also carried the first picture of the viral collage.
It was attributed to Associated Press (AP), and we also found the picture on their website.
Further, a keyword search led us to Getty Images, where we found the second image of the viral collage.
It was uploaded on 13 March 2018 and its caption mentioned that an airplane was seen taking off at Kathmandu Airport near the wreckage of the US-Bangla Airlines plane crash.
Misinformation around the plane crash in Nepal : Social media users have shared various old pictures and videos claiming that they are from the recent plane crash. Team WebQoof has previously debunked several of these claims which can be found below.
Conclusion: The collage of pictures is from 2018 and is unrelated to the recent plane crash that happened in Nepal.
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