Fact Check: Photo of 2016 Dubai plane crash falsely linked to recent Abu Dhabi drone attack

A photo of an airplane crash is being linked to the recent Abu Dhabi drone attack that took place on 17 January.

By Misha Rajani  Published on  19 Jan 2022 7:00 AM GMT
Fact Check: Photo of 2016 Dubai plane crash falsely linked to recent Abu Dhabi drone attack

Hyderabad: A photo of an airplane crash is being linked to the recent Abu Dhabi drone attack that took place on 17 January.

The photo is being shared with the caption, "2 Indians among 3 killed in #DroneAttack on #AbuDhabi International Airport. This #Drone technology was developed by China, It was later transferred to #Pakistan and now these #Pakistani terrorists have given this technology to #Houthi."



Fact Check:

NewsMeter found that the photo is from 2016 when an Emirates aircraft crash-landed at the Dubai International Airport.

Several news organizations had carried the same photo and reported that an Emirates flight that departed from Kerala safely crash-landed at Dubai International Airport on 3 August 2016. The crash resulted in black smoke billowing into the air and halted all flights at the airport. Out of the 300 passengers on board, 226 were Indians. All passengers were safely evacuated before the plane was engulfed in a fireball. (Read reports by The Times of India, Arab News, Global News, and Indian Express)


NewsMeter noticed that the viral photo was morphed to add a few aircraft. These aircraft are not seen in the original photo.


Clearly, the viral image is not linked to the recent Abu Dhabi drone attack.

Claim Review:A photo of a plane crash from the Abu Dhabi drone attack that took place on 17 January.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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