Old Image of a Crashed Plane in the Woods Passed Off as That From Nepal

This image shows a plane that crashed in 1983 in Browning Knob in North Carolina.

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Old Image of a Crashed Plane in the Woods Passed Off as That From Nepal
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An old photo showing a crashed plane in the woods is going viral on social media, claiming that it is a recent one following the plane crash in Pokhara, Nepal, on Sunday, 15 January. 

An archive can be seen here.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

(Similar claims can be seen here and here.)

Where is the photo from?: The photo is from the United States of America's North Carolina and shows a plane that crashed in 1983.


How did we find out the truth?: We performed a reverse image search on the photo and found the same picture uploaded on Unsplash, a website dedicated to photography and owned by Getty Images. 

  • The image was clicked by Leslie Cross and uploaded on 29 June 2021.

  • Cross mentioned the location to be the Blue Ridge Mountains, United States.

This photo is from 2021.

(Source: Unsplash/ Screenshot)

  • Further, we found another photo of the same plane that crashed in the US on Alamya stock image website.

  • The image was titled 'Plane crash site on Browning Knob North Carolina'.

  • On comparing the viral image with this image, we found similarities.

Comparison between the viral image and the Alamy image.

(Source:  Altered by The Quint)

Old incident of a plane crash from USA: This image shows the aircraft, Cessna 414A Chancellor, that crashed on 24 November 1983.

  • The location was Browning Knob in North Carolina.

  • The crash resulted in the killing of both people on board.

  • The crash site can also be seen on Google maps.

Conclusion: The image shows an old plane crash unrelated to the recent plane crash in Nepal.

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