Fake images of Indonesia plane crash shared online


Following most disasters these days, a number of hoaxes are shared online, often involving images showing past disasters of a similar nature. The latest disaster is no exception: several photos and videos are now being shared with false claims that they show the Lion Air JT-610 crash, which took place on October 29 off the coast of Indonesia and is feared to have taken the lives of all 189 passengers.

The photo below has been shared as showing the plane following Monday’s crash.


However, a simple reverse image search (see how to do one here) shows that this is an old photograph. It indeed shows an Air Lion flight, but from another crash – one that took place in Bali in 2013. (All the passengers survived). 

Same problem with this photo:

It, too, shows the 2013 crash in Bali.

There’s also this photo, which has been shared on social media with claims that it shows a baby that survived the crash.


But unfortunately, no survivors of JT-610 have been found, and a reverse image search shows that this photo actually features a baby who was rescued from a ferry disaster in Indonesia last July.

Then there's this video below, which has been described on social media as showing the inside of the plane moments before it crashed.


It’s highly unlikely that someone on a plane that’s about to crash into the sea would be able to take a video and post it online before impact – though not technically impossible, if the plane has onboard wifi. A far more likely scenario, however, is that this footage was filmed on a plane that did not crash. And that indeed appears to be the case. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said this is an older video, which shows the severe turbulence experienced by passengers on another Lion Air flight, JT-353 from Jakarta to Padang, which did not crash. 

These hoaxes have been denounced by the communications ministry, which has released a statement warning that people spreading fake images can be prosecuted under Indonesia’s controversial Electronic Information and Transaction law. The maximum sentence is six years in prison.

Article written by Gaelle Faure.