The Pakistan International Airline (PIA) airplane crashed in Karachi while it was attempting to land. The flight PK 8303 which was flying from Lahore to Karachi crashed into a residential area in Karachi, Pakistan. Videos and photos of the terrible incident has been extensively shared on the social media.
Claim: A photo of a flight with smoking engines have been shared by many on social media. Some claiming it is the PK8303 flight and other users have attached the photo with the post about the same incident.
Few people were found sharing the image on Facebook.
Multiple accounts have shared the image attached with news about the incident and offering condolences to the victims of the crash on Twitter. Pakistani singer, Bilal Saeed also tweeted his grief with this image attached.
— Bilal Saeed (@Bilalsaeedmusic) May 22, 2020
This is heartbreaking and deeply shocked news for Pakistan that PIA #PK8303 plane crashed on model town malir Karachi 100 pessenegers were traveling. #PIAPlaneCrash #Karachi pic.twitter.com/z9e3f1PROF
— Ishtiaq Brohi (@IshtiaqBrohi) May 22, 2020
— Khaleej Mag (@KhaleejMag) May 22, 2020
Indian channel, ABP live ran this picture stating it is an exclusive picture of the flight that crashed.
The photo that has been attached by multiple accounts is not of the flight PK-8303. Upon doing reverse image search, a video was found dating back to 28th June, 2019. The picture that has been shared multiple times is extracted from this video. A YouTube channel named Runsame has uploaded the video and it is written in the description that it is just a stimulated crash and that they are just fantasy crashes. The description also states that real crashes are terrible and it is sick to watch them for entertainment, so watch stimulated crashes video like this for entertainment. It also has stated that the video was made using “FSX & AFS2 & XPlane 11”. The video is just an animated video and not real.
Thus it proves that the picture has no connection with the flight PK-8303 that crashed.
Attached below is the video uploaded by Runsame and the scrrenshot of the description that proves the viral claim is false.