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- This video shows a 2021 plane crash in Russia, not the 2023 crash in Nepal.
A video shared on Facebook shows a plane flying in the distance before it catches fire, turns on its side and then nosedives into trees. An explosion follows, with a burst of flames and billowing black smoke.
"Nepal plane crash," a description of the video says in a Jan. 16 post.
But this video doesn’t show that.
It was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)
Video footage and still images published by news outlets including The Associated Press rebut the Facebook post’s claim that this crash happened in Nepal. Rather, the video showed a prototype military plane that crashed outside Moscow in August 2021, killing three people.
We rate claims the video is of the Nepal crash False.
Facebook post, Jan. 16, 2023
KTAR News, Prototype military transport plane crashes outside Moscow, visited Jan. 20, 2023
The Associated Press, Prototype military plane crashes outside Moscow, kills 3, Aug. 17, 2021
The Moscow Times, 3 Dead After Russian Military Transport Plane Prototype Crashes Near Moscow, Aug. 17, 2021
Reuters, At least 68 killed in Nepal's worst air crash in three decades, Jan. 15, 2023
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