Hyderabad: An image of a group of people sitting inside an aircraft is viral on social media. Users claim that it is a photo of the Indian Air Force airlifting 800 people from Afghanistan after the Taliban militia took over Kabul.

The original claim: Original Text in Hindi: जिन्हें नहीं समझ आ रहा वो जान लें यह भारतीय वायुसेना के C-17 ग्लोब मास्टर जहाज के अंदर का दृश्य है। C-17 ग्लोब मास्टर जिसमें 800 लोगों को एक साथ काबुल से एयरलिफ्ट किया गया है.... सम्भवतः एक नया रिकॉर्ड होगा। मोदी है तो मुमकिन है)

"Those who cannot understand must know that the picture shows an inside glimpse of the Indian Air Force's C-17 Globemaster aircraft. C-17 Globemaster airlifted 800 people from Kabul, Probably, it is a new record. Anything is possible if Modi is there (sic)," reads its English translation.

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Fact Check:

The claim is false.

NewsMeter performed a keyword search and found that the photo shows an evacuation operation conducted by the US Air Force in the Philippines after a typhoon hit the country in November 2013. The same photo was published in April 2014 edition of the Air Force magazine with the caption: "Some 670 refugees from Tacloban pack a C-17 during evacuation to Manila. The aircraft and its crew deployed from JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for Operation Damayan.".

Secondly, we found the photo on US Air Force's website. An excerpt from the caption reads: "More than 670 Tacloban residents sit onboard a C-17 Globemaster III before being evacuated to Manila following Super Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines on Nov. 17, 2013. The C-17 is deployed from the 535th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, to Clark Air Base in the Philippines in support of Operation Damayan, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief effort. In addition to the safe transport of the passengers, the Hickam based crew also successfully delivered more than 100,000 pounds of cargo."


We also found the photo published by Daily Mail in an article from August 16, 2021, with the caption stating it is from 2013 incident. The caption reads: "In 2013, the US Air Force put 670 people on a C-17 to rescue them from a typhoon in the Philippines. 800 - the number reported to have been flown out of Kabul on Sunday - sets a new record."

According to reports, a powerful typhoon hit the central Philippines killing an estimated 10,000 people and displaced more than 600,000 in November 2013.


Hence the claim is false. The old image is being shared with false claim.

Claim Review :   Photo shows Indian Air Force rescue operation from Kabul, Afghanistan
Claimed By :  Facebook User
Fact Check :  False

Sabya Singh

Sabya is currently a fact-checker at NewsMeter and a full-time reporter with Hans India. she has a keen interest in pursuing stories of education, women and child development and loves photography. She is pursuing her M.A in mass communication and journalism from St.Francis of women. she is an avid reader and paints in her spare time.

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