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Fake News: There Is NO American Airlines Plane On Fire Right Now

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Thu, 25 Jan 2018 16:49:37 Z)

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below.

A Facebook page with the name "Newsroom" posted a video on January 25th 2018 that was supposedly live and which showed an American Airlines jet on the runway with an engine on fire as passengers evacuate. The comment under the video simply read "Airplane on fire!".

The video was actually from 2017 as this video from USA Today shows:

The events took place on October 28th 2016 in Chicago after an emergency landing.

Our conclusion:



: Correction: Fixed a typo in this story, the year of the incident was 2016, not 2017 as it originally read. That makes the video even older news.

: Apparently the page posted two copies of the video, here is the other one (notice the different view count):

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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