Fact Check: Old Picture Of Baby Falsely Linked To Recent Indonesia Flight Crash; Here’s The Truth

Soon after Sriwijaya Air flight carrying 62 people on board crashed after taking off from Jakarta in Indonesia on January 9, a picture of a baby in life jacket started making rounds on social media with the claim that the baby survived the crash.

“Breaking News#Allah hu akbar one baby survived in Jakarta Indonesia plane crash..,” the Facebook post claimed.

Here’s the link to the above post.

More such post can be seen here, here and here.


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

A simple Reverse Image Search on the picture led us to multiple websites which had shared the same picture in 2018. “Miraculously, a baby was found safely alone in a buoy after bobbing in the sea,” the headline (translated) of the article read.

“A child who is still a toddler, who is a passenger of the Lestari Maju Motor Ship (KM) who drowned while sailing from Bira Port, Bulukumba Regency to Pamatata Port, Selayar Regency, South Sulawesi, Tuesday (3/7/2018) was found safely,” the article stated.
We also found that the same picture was shared with a similar fake claim in November 2018 after Lion Air flight JT 610, with 189 passengers on board, crashed in the Java Sea in Indonesia.
Even then, the same picture was debunked by NewsMobile.
In 2018, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Spokesperson of Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency took to Twitter to call out hoax messages.
He posted, “Banyak postingan foto di media sosial bahwa ada bayi penumpang pesawat JT-610 yang selamat. Foto bayi ini adalah bayi yang selamat dari tenggelamnya kapal KM Lestari Maju, di Perairan Selayar, pada Selasa 3/7/2018. Jadi info tersebut adalah Hoax. Jangan menyebarkan hoax.” (Rough translation– A lot of people are posting photos of a baby on social media saying that this baby was on the passenger plane JT-610. This baby survived the sinking of the ship KM Sustainable going forward, in the waters of Selayar, on Tuesday 3/7/2018. So the info is a Hoax. Don’t spread the hoax.)

This proves that the picture in circulation is OLD and is not related to the latest plane crash.

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