Tamil Nadu has been witnessing heavy rainfall leading to intense waterlogging across the state, especially Chennai. Amid adverse weather conditions, Chennai airport suspended flight arrivals from 1:15 pm to 6 pm on November 11, 2021, owing to the inclement weather conditions.
Against this backdrop, a video showing a waterlogged airport has gone viral on social media claiming that it is of Chennai airport.
The video is being shared on Facebook with the caption, “Chennai Airport.”
Check the above post here.
NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be MISLEADING.
We extracted keyframes from the video using the InVid tool and performed a Reverse Image Search. This search directed us to a news article published by Chilango on August 31, 2017, which carried visuals similar to the viral video. According to the article, the flooded airport is Mexico’s Benito Juarez International Airport or Aeropuerto Internacional de la Cuidad de Mexico (AICM).
Searching further, we found the same video on the verified Twitter handle of a Mexico based news portal on August 31, 2017. The tweet text translates to, “AICM has suspended operations because of the rains. This is what some track areas look like.”
— Newsweek México (@NewsweekEspanol) August 31, 2017
Another Mexico-based news organisation Reporté Indigo’s also uploaded the same video on their verified Twitter handle on August 31, 2017.
— Reporte Índigo (@Reporte_Indigo) August 31, 2017
We also found a tweet uploaded on the official Twitter handle of AICM in which they confirmed that it suspended operations due to heavy rains.
✈️#AICMinforma Por seguridad y debido a las condiciones meteorológicas, se suspenden temporalmente operaciones de aterrizaje y despegue. ⛈
— @AICM_mx (@AICM_mx) August 31, 2017
Though Chennai airport suspended flight arrivals from 1:15 pm to 6 pm on November 11, 2021, flight operations are now normal at Chennai Airport.
#Update | Flight operations are normal at Chennai Airport.
Our sincere gratitude to Govt. agencies, airlines, stakeholders & entire staff of airport for the coordinated efforts to tide over the tough situation. We thank all passengers for their understanding and cooperation.
— Chennai (MAA) Airport (@aaichnairport) November 12, 2021
NewsMobile had debunked the same video in October 2020 when it was shared as that of Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad.
Thus, it is evident from the above information that an old video from Mexico is being falsely shared as that of flooded Chennai airport. Therefore, the viral claim is misleading.
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