Fact Check: Did K-Pop Band BTS Members Die In Plane Crash? Here’s The Truth

An image of a plane crash has gone viral on social media with a claim that members of the Korean band BTS were killed in the crash.

The Sinhalese text embedded on the image reads, “ලොවම පිස්සු වැට්ටු BTS කණ්ඩායම ගුවන් අනතුරකින් – ජීවිතක්ෂයට” (English translation: BTS group that drove the entire world into a frenzy killed in a plane crash.)

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NewsMobile did a fact-check and found the claim to be fake.

On closely observing the image we found that the image mentioned website, Nation’s News Breaker. However, we found no such information on this site.

We further did a Google Reverse Image Search with the image of the plane crash and found the same image was uploaded by Ukrainian National News Information Agency on March 23, 2018. The title when translated in English read, “In Honduras, the tail fell off during landing.”

We further found that the same image was also uploaded by AP News on March 23, 2018. The caption associated with the image read, “Un camión de bomberos rocía con espuma a un jet Gulfstream que se accidentó en el aeropuerto internacional de Tegucigalpa, Honduras, el martes 22 de mayo de 2018. El avión privado se impactó al final de la pista de aterrizaje, pero la tripulación y los pasajeros fueron rescatados y se encuentran fuera de peligro. (AP Foto/Fernando Antonio).” (English translation: A fire fighter truck sprays foam on a Gulfstream jet that crashed at Tegucigalpa International Airport, Honduras, on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The private plane crashed at the end of the runway, but the crew and passengers were rescued and are out of danger.)

BTS is a popular band across globe but we found no news of them dying due to plane crash.

Hence, an old image of a plane crash in Honduras has gone viral with a fake claim that the BTS band died in a plane crash.

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