This video shows computer generated imagery of flying trains created by a simulation platform
A video purporting to show trains flying over China has been shared on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The claim is false; the video in fact shows computer generated imagery created by a simulation platform.
The four-minute video was published on Facebook on February 1, 2021.
“Flying and floating train in China,” the capion reads. “Amazing.”
The claim, however, is false.
AFP ran a reverse image search on Google using keyframes from the video and found it in fact shows computer generated imagery.
The footage was published on a verified YouTube channel called Dendi Komara Railfans ID on August 10, 2020.
The YouTube video, which has more than 30 million views, has an Indonesian-language description that reads in part “Nama Game: Trainz Railroad Simulator 2019” and “This video is made for entertainment purposes only.”
Trainz Railroad Simulator 2019 is a train simulation platform.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the YouTube video (L) and the misleading Facebook post (R):
AFP has previously debunked a false claim that the video shows a flying train in Japan.