This video shows a major turbulence on a US flight in 2019, not an Indonesian flight in 2021

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A video has been viewed thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook and YouTube alongside a claim it shows passengers on Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ 182 before it crashed on January 9, 2021. The claim is false: the video has appeared in reports since 2019 about a US flight experiencing major turbulence.

The 10-second video was posted here on Facebook on January 11, 2021. It has been viewed more than 4,000 times.

It was shared alongside several other videos purporting to show a plane crash in Indonesia. 

The post’s caption, translated from Malaysian to English, reads: “The final moments of passengers from the sri wijaya plane… 

“Verily we belong to Allah, and verily to Him do we return...

“The video from WhatsApp whether true from sri wijaya God only knows however the panicked moments in a flight like this are absolutely terrifying, I hope everyone on this flight is protected by Him. Amen”.

Screenshot of the misleading Facebook post, taken on January 21, 2021

Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ182, carrying 62 people, crashed into the Java Sea, four minutes after taking off from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on January 9, 2021, AFP reported on the crash here.

The video was viewed about 2,000 times after it was also shared here on Facebook, as well as on YouTube here, with a similar claim.

The claim is false. 

A keyword search, followed by a reverse image search on Google of keyframes extracted from the video using digital verification tool InVID-WeVerify, found this video. It was uploaded to YouTube on October 26, 2019, by YouTube user Justine Robinson. 

The video’s title reads: “Insane turbulence Frontier Flight 226”. The caption states: “Denver to Baltimore 10/25/19 Frontier Flight 226”. 

The four-minute 50-second video shows the same scenes seen in the video in the misleading post, starting from the clip's one-minute 52-second mark. 

Frontier Airlines is an American low-cost air carrier. 

The YouTube video also appeared in this report about the turbulence during the Frontier Flight 226 published by blog site Flying High New on November 16, 2020.

Below is a screenshot comparison of the video from the misleading post on Facebook (L) and the YouTube video (R) — with the same features circled in red by AFP: 

Screenshot comparison of the video from the misleading post on Facebook (L) and the YouTube video (R)

The other videos in the misleading posts, which purported to show footage from the Sriwijaya Air plane crash, have been debunked by AFP here, here, here, here, herehere and here.


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