Hyderabad: A Pakistan International Airlines flight crash landed yesterday in a residential area in Karachi. The flight, carrying 90 passengers and eight crew members, crashlanded at Karachi’s residential area with only two survivors.

Many visuals of the aircraft crashlanding were seen on the social media. One of them was being shared with a caption, “This name is not easy to destroy. A picture from yesterday’s #PIAPlaneCrash.”

You can view the archived tweet here.

The same picture was also shared on Facebook with the same caption

This name (Pakistan) is not easy to destroy. A picture from yesterday's #PIAPlaneCrash site.

Rahul Agnihotri ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ, ಮೇ 22, 2020

Fact Check:

NewsMeter team did a reverse image search with the picture and found that the picture was posted by an Urdu website in 2016, with a similar caption, “Pia flight PK 661 was later destroyed pieces but a name that could not be erased Pakistan. (Sic)”

Pakistan flight crash

While searching with keywords for PK 661 flight crash, we found an article published in Pro-Pakistan website with the same picture. The article was analysis of what led to PK-661 plane crash.

According to an article published in Dawn News in December, 2016, “Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-661 carrying 48 passengers and crew crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral on Wednesday at 4:42pm PST. The Civil Aviation Authority confirmed there are no survivors from the
ill-fated flight.”

We also found that in Facebook, the picture with same caption was also shared in 2016.

‎The name🇵🇰 isn't easy to destroy.‎Picture from yesterday's PIA plane crash site.‎پاکستان زنده آباد🇵🇰💚‎

Màhà Sáqîbîyá ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಗುರುವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 8, 2016

Hence, the claim that the picture is of the May 23, 2020 flight crash is fake. The picture is being shared since 2016 after PK-661 flight crash in Pakistan.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter. A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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