A post accompanying a video of an emergency landing of an airplane with its front feel resting on a pickup truck plying on a road is going viral on across social media platforms. The caption with the video reads ‘this is how lives of 300 passengers are saved’ insinuating that the video shows a real incident. Through this article, let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.
Claim: Video of an emergency landing of a plane with its front wheel resting on a pickup truck plying on a road.
Fact: The video is actually an excerpt from a video game named GTA5. Multiple video game enthusiasts have uploaded the same clip on YouTube clearly mentioning that the clip is an excerpt of a video game. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.
Scrolling down through the comment section of the video, we can see that many users have commented that the video is an excerpt from ‘GTA 5’ video game. Taking a cue from this, further search on YouTube with relevant keywords yielded few videos that published footage from GTA5 game uploaded by gaming enthusiasts. In one such video which has garnered more than 90 million views, we can clearly find the exact visuals of the emergency landing of a plane with its front wheel resting on a pickup truck plying on a highway after it caught fire mid-air. The video is titled ‘GTA5 – Giant Air Plane “Emergency Landing” on Highway — Two Engines Failed — (This is GTA5 game)’ and is uploaded on YouTube on 09 February 2019. By observing this video, one can easily identify that it’s not a real incident.
The exact video clip is also uploaded by another user on YouTube with a title ‘GTA5 – Giant Air Plane “Emergency Landing” on Highway — Two Engines Failed — (This is GTA5 game)’. By all these, we can infer that the video is actually an excerpt from a video game called GTA5. In fact, if any such incident of such magnitude indeed happened, media would have reported the visuals. However, we could not find any such media reports that published the same visuals.
To sum it up, the excerpt of an emergency landing of a plane from a video game is passed off as a real incident.