HYDERABAD: On June 10, a military aircraft crashed in Myanmar killing 12 people. Since then, social media users have been circulating a video.
"A plane crash near Pyin Oo Lwin that killed 12 people and injured two others," reads the English translation of the message enclosed with the video
Pyin Oo Lwin is a hill town in the Mandalay Region, Myanmar. One such Facebook video was viewed around 700k times.
The claim that this viral video is linked to the recent Myanmar crash is misleading.
NewsMeter found the same video published on Facebook by a Burmese media organization 'Mizzima'. The description upon translation refers to security forces carrying the bodies of a major, two captains, and one lieutenant sergeant, who were killed in a military plane crash that landed in a field near Kyan Khin Village, Naypyidaw (Myanmar) on February 10, 2016.
Below are a few visual comparisons that clearly indicate that the viral video is not linked to the recent Myanmar crash. The viral video is from a 2016 plane crash in Myanmar.
According to reports by AFP, Tribune India, and Outlook India, five crew members died when a Myanmar air force plane crashed in the capital Naypyidaw and burst into flames soon after the take-off and smashed into a nearby field. The Beechcraft passenger plane took off from the Naypyidaw airfield in the mid-morning on a routine patrol, but burst into flames soon after leaving the runway, according to an airport official.
Evidently, it is clear that the viral video is circulating with misleading claims. It is not from the recent crash in Myanmar but is from an incident that took place in 2016.