Old footage resurfaced with false claim it shows 'US military helicopter crash in April 2023'

Updated on 07/05/2023 at 10:47

As the United States and the Philippines kicked off their largest-ever joint military exercise in the South China Sea in April 2023, an old video of a helicopter crashing into the sea was viewed tens of thousands of times in Chinese-language posts with a false claim that it shows a US military aircraft accident in the disputed waters. As of May 6, 2023, there have been no reports of such an incident. The clip in fact shows a December 1999 disaster off the coast of San Diego in the US state of California