This video shows a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2022, not Pakistan
A video of a helicopter plunging into floodwaters has been viewed tens of thousands of times alongside a claim it was filmed in August 2022 in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan. The footage circulated online after a Pakistani military helicopter crashed in the province, killing six officers onboard. But the video has been shared in a false context: it predates the Pakistan helicopter crash and has circulated in multiple news reports that state it was filmed in Afghanistan in January 2022.
The one-minute 13-second video has been viewed more than 56,000 times after it was posted here on Facebook on August 2, 2022.
The video shows a helicopter flying over vehicles submerged in floodwaters before crashing nearby.
The post's Urdu-language caption translates to English as: "Visuals of a helicopter crash near Winder near the shrine of Sassi Pannu."
Winder is a town in southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan where a Pakistani military helicopter crashed on August 1.
The post circulated online after the helicopter went missing with six passengers and crew -- including one of the army's top commanders, Lieutenant-General Sarfraz Ali -- in southwestern Pakistan.
In a statement, the military said everyone on board the helicopter died in a crash, which it said was caused by bad weather, AFP reported here.
Many Facebook users appeared to believe the footage shows the military helicopter crash in Balochistan.
"May Allah accord a high status to martyrs: Amen," commented one Facebook user.
"May Allah make it easier for the souls of the deceased to transit to their final place," another wrote.
The video, however, has been shared in a false context.
Afghanistan helicopter crash
A reverse image search of the video's keyframes found it has been circulating online since January 2022 in reports about a helicopter crash in the Afghan province of Kandahar.
Indian media outlet Zee News included the video in a report about the helicopter crash published here on January 7, 2022.
The video's caption reads: "Taliban pilots crash MD-530 helicopter near Kandahar during training."
"It is the first helicopter crash after the recapturing of power by Taliban in Afghanistan. Taliban's untrained pilots crashed this helicopter," a reporter's voice says.
The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in August last year following the withdrawal of US-led international forces.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the video in the false posts (left) and the Zee News report (right):
Indian news outlet Mojo News also used the same footage in this video report on YouTube on January 5, 2022.
The caption reads: "A Taliban helicopter crashed in Kandahar, while on rescue mission during floods."
The same footage was also posted by Afghan news agency Aamaj News on YouTube here saying it shows a Taliban helicopter crash in Kandahar.