A video is being shared on social media claiming it as the last moments of the aircraft that crashed at the Pokhara International Airport, Nepal. In the wake of an ATR 72 domestic aircraft of Yeti Airlines crash in Pokhara on 15 January 2023, this video is going viral on social media. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.
Claim: Video showing the last moments of ATR 72 domestic aircraft that crashed at the Pokhara International Airport in Nepal.
Fact: The video shared in the post shows the moments before the crash of Russia’s military transport aircraft prototype outside Moscow city in August 2021. The video shared in the post is old and has nothing to do with the recent ATR 72 aircraft crash at the Pokhara International Airport in Nepal. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.
On reverse image search of the screenshots of the video, a video with similar visuals was found published by the ‘India Today’ on 17 August 2021. ‘India Today’ published the video with the title, “Ilyushin Il-112V: Russian military transport aircraft crashes in outside Moscow.” Mentioning the same, a few other YouTube channels have also published the same video in 2021. They can be seen here and here.
Publishing a photo showing similar visuals in an article, ‘AP News’ reported it as the last moments of the Russian prototype military transport plane, Ilyushin Il-112v, before the crash while performing a test flight outside Moscow on 17 August 2021. Three crew members onboard reportedly lost their lives in the accident. Reporting the complete details of the accident, several news websites published articles in August 2021. They can be seen here and here.
On the other hand, ‘BBC News’ and a few journalists published a video reporting it as the horrific last moments of ATR 72 domestic aircraft before the crash in Nepal’s Pokhara on 15 January 2023. From all these pieces of evidence, it can be concluded that the video shared in the post is old and is from Russia.
To sum it up, an old video showing a military transport aircraft crash in Russia is shared as visuals of the ATR 72 aircraft crash in Nepal.