Debunked: controversial video claiming to show Ethiopian Airlines crash

A video has been circulating on social media reporting to be an eye-witness account of the Ethiopian Airlines crash that occured on Sunday, but the video has been debunked as an insensitive fake.
A still from the video, which was actually captured in 2013 and depicted a different tragedy.
A still from the video, which was actually captured in 2013 and depicted a different tragedy.

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On Sunday a Boeing 737 MAX-8 jet operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 passengers.

Shortly afterwards, a video was circulated on social media that claimed to have captured the tragedy.

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The video, however, has nothing to do with the tragedy in Ethiopia and actually shows the crash of a National Airlines Boeing 747-400 cargo plane.

That crash also occurred shortly after take-off, but the plane was flying from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, and it occurred in April, 2013.

Dramatic footage of the plane plummeting to the ground was recorded by a passing motorist.

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The cause of the National Airlines crash was believed to have been an unstable shift in the cargo loaded on the plane.
The cause of the Ethiopian Airlines crash is still being investigated.

This video was previously circulated, in similarly false fashion, with the claim that it depicted Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, which went down over eastern Ukraine on 17th July, 2014, killing all 300 passengers and crew.

Evidence indicated that flight was shot down by a missile.

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