Fact Check: Old Stock Image Falsley Linked To Helicopter Crash In Kedarnath

Six pilgrims and the pilot was killed on the morning of October 18, 2022, after a helicopter carrying Kedarnath pilgrims crashed into a hill due to low visibility in Uttarakhand. According to media reports, the accident happened at Dev Darshini, between Garudchatti and Lincholi.

In the above context, a picture of chopper exploding mid-air is being circulated online with a caption related to the Kedarnath crash. Facebook users are sharing the image with the caption: दुखद घटना केदार घाटी स्थित गरुड़ चट्टी में हेलीकॉप्टर दुर्घटना से मन अत्यंत व्यथित है। बाबा केदार इस हादसे में दिवंगत हुए लोगों की आत्माओं को शांति प्रदान करें। दिवंगत हुए लोगों के परिजनों के प्रति मेरी संवेदनाएं हैं।ओम शांति शांति शांति!

(English Translation: Sad incident, My mind is deeply pained by the helicopter accident in Garuda Chatti located in Kedar Valley. May Baba Kedar rest the souls of those who died in this accident. My condolences to the families of those who have passed away.Om Shanti Shanti Shanti!)

Here’s the link to the above post.


NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the picture to be old.

We ran a Reverse Image Search and found the same image in a report by Deccan Herald dated May 20, 2020. As per the picture caption, it’s a stock photo taken from iStock Photo.

We then ran a search and found the picture on the website of iStock Photo. As per the description, the picture was uploaded on March 24, 2015.

We also found that the actual picture of the crash was also shared by the ANI on October 18, 2022, on Twitter.

Hence, it is clear the picture in circulation is old.

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