Fact Check: As India inducts Rafale jets, old pictures of air crash falsely shared as Rafale crash

Several pictures of a plane crash have gone viral claiming that one Rafale Jet crashed during training and two pilots lost their lives.

The Facebook caption, shared by an user going by the name of ‘I am Pakistan’ read, ‘Breaking news: one Rafale jet crash during training. 2 pilots dead 🤣

Similar posts on Facebook were seen here, here, here and here.

We also found the same post on Twitter.


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FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be misleading.

On putting the first picture through Google Reverse Image Search, we found the same picture in an article by IndiaTV dated July 16, 2019. According to the article, the picture is of Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft after it crashed in Bengaluru.

On comparing the real picture and the social media picture, we could spot no difference.

We cropped the second picture and ran it through Google Reverse Image Search. We found the same picture in a Goa Chronicle news report dated February 1, 2019, claiming that a Mirage 2000 Trainer aircraft crashed at the Hindustan Aeronautical Limited Airport (HAL), in Bengaluru.

On comparing the real picture and the social media picture we can clearly see that the social media claims are false.

On putting the third picture through Google Reverse Image Search, we found the same picture in a First Post article, dated March 20, 2019. According to the article, the picture is old the Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 trainer aircraft that crashed in Bengaluru.

On comparing the real picture and the social media picture, we can clearly see that the pictures are the same.

On September 8, 2020, NewsMobile debunked a similar post about the Rafale crash, where a fake tweet attributed to Indian Air Force for circulated with the same claim.

Fact Check: Viral post about India losing a Rafale jet in a crash is fake

Hence, with the help of the above information, it can be conclusively proved that the above social media posts about Rafale crash are false. 

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