Clip of Helicopter Crash From US Passed Off as Recent Visual From Ukraine

The video dates back to March 2022, when a helicopter crashed and caught fire in Rowlett, United States.

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A video of a helicopter spiralling and crashing down to the ground is being shared linking it to the recent helicopter that happened in Kyiv, Ukraine on 18 January.

What are users claiming?: The clip is being circulated with a caption mentioning that it is an exclusive footage from the recent crash in Ukraine.

The video dates back to March 2022, when a helicopter crashed and caught fire in Rowlett, United States.

An archive of the post can be seen here.

(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)

At the time of writing this report, the video had recorded more than 58,000 views. (Archives of similar claims can be found here, here, and here.)

What is the truth?: The viral video is old and unrelated to the helicopter crash in Ukraine.

  • It is reportedly from March 2022, when a helicopter crashed and caught fire in Rowlett, a city in Texas, United States.

  • Two people, including the pilot, were killed in the incident.


How did we find out?: We divided the video into several keyframes using InVID, a video verification tool, and performed a reverse image search on them.

  • This led us to the same video uploaded on the official channel of WFAA, a television station based in Texas.

  • It was uploaded on 26 March 2022 and was titled, "Helicopter crash in Rowlett captured on cellphone video."

  • The clip's description mentioned that two people died in the crash.

  • It further said that the crash happened near the 2200 block of Lakeview Parkway, near Dexham Road.

  • A report in Fox News mentioned that a detective was nearby when the crash happened and he told the organisation that nobody on the ground was hurt because of it.

  • It also said that the helicopter was owned by Sky Helicopter, a company in Garland, a city in Texas.

  • Further, we found a tweet posted by the Rowlett Police Department which said that two people were killed in the helicopter crash.

Kyiv's tragic crash: A helicopter crashed and slammed down near a building in an eastern suburb of Ukraine's Kyiv, which resulted in the death of 18 people including the country's interior affairs minister.

Conclusion: The video of the helicopter crash is from United States and not Ukraine, as claimed.

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