The Claim: Video Shows World’s Largest Airplane Crash
Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine in February, the world’s largest aircraft, the Antonov An-225 “Mriya”, was destroyed when Russian forces attacked the airport where the plane would have been under repair.
Nonetheless, a video that purports to show the plane crashing into a runway has circulated widely on social media.
“World’s largest airplane emergency landing after four engines explode,” reads the title of the four-minute video, which was posted to Facebook on June 23.
Several commenters on the post seem to believe the video is real. The video racked up over 7,000 reactions in four days.
“It’s scary to see how people on board are feeling, it’s unimaginable,” wrote one commenter.
“Terrifying for all on board. I know a very meticulously trained pilot and crew, but I can’t imagine any training that prepared them for real-life drama. Kudos mainly to the pilot who kept this safe, ”added another commenter.
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But the video doesn’t show an authentic plane crash.
The footage is from a popular video game, Grand Theft Auto V. The Facebook user who shared the video was playing the game.
USA TODAY has reached out to the Facebook user who shared the claim for comment.
Images are from the video game
The footage is a recording of the action-adventure video game Grand Theft Auto V. USA TODAY, like other independent fact-checking organizations, found similar clips of the plane crashing on YouTube by other players.
Funan Gaming, the Facebook page that posted the video, identifies itself as a “game video creator” and often uploads clips of plane crashes from the video game.
In the video game, the world’s largest cargo plane, an Antonov-225 named “Mriya”, crashes in the fictional city “Los Santos” with all four engines on fire.
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Only one Atonov-225 has been fully built, according to Air Charter Service. However, the aircraft was destroyed in February at the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Our opinion: False
Based on our research, we rate the claim that a video shows the largest plane in the world crashing FALSE. The footage comes from a video game and the plane was destroyed earlier this year after Russia invaded Ukraine.
Our fact-checking sources:
- Reuters, June 27, Fact Check – Video of ‘world’s largest plane’ crash comes from video game
- Grand Theft Auto, Accessed June 28, Preview
- Air Charter Service, Accessed June 28, ANTONOV AN-225 MRIYA
- USA TODAY, Feb. 28, Ukrainian-made plane — world’s largest — damaged in Russian attack, Zelenskyy says
- Funan Gaming, accessed June 28, Facebook page
- USA TODAY April 4 Photos show wreckage of world’s largest plane in Ukraine
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