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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke October 25, 2022

Strong winds blew paratroopers off course in Honduras, not Uganda

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  • This happened in Honduras in September, not Uganda in October. 

Parasailers swoop around a stadium and make an unforgettable landing in a video circulating on social media. Some drop unceremoniously into crowded stands. Another crashes into a portable toilet. 

"Paratroopers landed in #various undesired places as they tried to #showcase while marking the 60th independence day," a recent Instagram post sharing the video said. "#Uganda #paratroopers miss #target, land in #mobile #toilet, roof, into the crowd instead of landing on the field during the country’s 60th independence celebration." 

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Uganda did celebrate Independence Day on Oct. 9, marking 60 years since its independence from the British Empire in 1962. But this video doesn’t show a botched display by paratroopers there. 

Rather, the paratroopers were trying to land in José de la Paz Herrera Uclés stadium in Honduras for a celebration of the country’s 201st Independence Day on Sept. 15. Strong winds were blamed for blowing the paratroopers off course. 

We rate claims that this happened in Honduras False.


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