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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke August 19, 2021

TikTok video miscaptioned as part of Kabul airport turmoil

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  • This is a TikTok video a Vietnamese user created and posted in 2020. 

Recordings of people in Afghanistan climbing onto a departing U.S. military aircraft at the Kabul airport have spread online, but one video of a man atop a plane engine high in the sky is not an authentic scene from the chaos that has unfolded in recent days. 

"Oh hell naw," one post sharing the video says. "Footage hits the net showing an Afghan going to desperate lengths to get away from the Taliban," one post sharing the video said. 

"This is not a movie," another account sharing the video wrote. "Afghan seen holding on to airplane while in the air." 

It’s not a movie, but it is a TikTok video that was created in August 2020.

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The TikTok user who posted the video, @huyquanhoa, has posted other scenes on the plane engine in the clip, including him cooking, him sitting at a computer, him sitting at a table sipping a drink while the song "I Believe I Can Fly" plays, and him perched on the edge of the engine.

On March 27, 2020, he posted an explanation of how he made the video of him perched on the engine, showing part of the process involving a green screen and fans. 

We rate claims that one of his videos shows an Afghan man fleeing the Taliban False.


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TikTok video, Aug. 17, 2020

TikTok video, Aug. 16, 2020

TikTok video, Aug. 18, 2020

TikTok video, April 23, 2020

TikTok video, March 27, 2020

@huyquanhoa TikTok account, visited Aug. 19, 2021

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