Old Footage Circulates As Videos of Ethiopian Airlines Crash

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It’s been barely a few days since the Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed on Sunday, 10 March and old, unrelated footage are already doing rounds claiming to be footage of the crash.


The Quint could find at least four such videos and establish that none of them are related to the tragic incident that resulted in the death of 157 people.


The first video shows the front view of a seesawing aircraft, which then pans to the wing of the aircraft, where the logo of Ethiopian Airlines is seen.

Ethiopian airlines staff sent video to relatives before the crash RIP

Posted by The Window on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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It’s a Simulator Video

A reverse image search of keyframes from the video led us to a longer version of the video on Facebook uploaded by "Phillippines Report", which clearly mentions that the video is a "simulation crash" made with the x-plane 11 flight simulator software.

This is only a simulation crash made with x-plane 11 flight

MY HEART BLEEDS :( A SIMULATION CRASH ONLY OF ETHIOPIAN AIRLINE :( :( The Boeing plane was carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members, no one survive. The B-737-800MAX aircraft "took off at 08:38 am local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 08:44am," the company said in a first statement. It crashed near the town of Bishoftu, 62 kilometres southeast of the capital Addis Ababa. "Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services," the airline said. The victims Little is known about the victims' identities so far but in a Facebook Live press conference CEO Tewolde Gebremariam disclosed that citizens from 35 different countries were on the plane. Thirty-two were Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight Italians, eight Chinese citizens, eight Americans, seven British citizens, seven French citizens, six Egyptians, five Dutch citizens, four Indians, four people from Slovakia, three Austrians, three Swedes, three Russians, two Moroccans, two Spaniards, two Poles and two Israelis. Belgium, Indonesia, Somalia, Norway, Serbia, Togo, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda and Yemen each had one citizen on board and four passengers were carrying UN passports. www.philippinesreport.com (c) Amin News

Posted by Philippines Report on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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The second video shows the debris of a crashed flight burning, as bodies lay strewn about. The video also shows the wing of a plane, indicating that indeed is an aircraft crash.

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Not Ethiopian But Colombian Aircraft

A reverse image search of this video proved that the accident happened in Colombia on 9 March. According to a local news report, all 12 persons aboard the DC-3 passenger aircraft were killed in the crash which occured in the country's Villavicencio municipality.

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The third video shows flyers wearing oxygen masks inside a plane, where the Ethiopian Airlines logo is visible on the seat covers. The cabin crew can be seen helping the flyers while children can be heard wailing.

Ethiopian airlines staff sent video to relatives before the crash RIP

Posted by Prathap Reddy Maditati on Wednesday, March 13, 2019

That’s Ethiopian Airlines; But an Old Video

In the first place, it seems seems unlikely that a video recording device or footage shot by it, would survive an accident that killed all the passengers on board.

The Quint could locate at least two articles – in Face2Face Africa and Daily Star –reporting that the footage belongs to a 4 March incident where the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 502 from Addis Ababa to Toronto via Dublin lost cabin pressure and returned.


The fourth video shows a front-on view of a flight crashing in a field, next to a road.

Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 crashed minutes after take-off, killing all 157 on board and putting the spotlight back on the Boeing 737 Max 8. The same model of aircraft was also involved in an air crash in Indonesia in October.

Posted by People Magazine Pakistan on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Reverse image search of the frames of the video revealed that the footage is from 2013 and that of a Boeing 747 crash at Bagram Airfield military base in Afghanistan.

A CNN report on the crash uses the same video.

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