Kedarnath Helicopter Crash: No, This Image Does Not Show Uttarakhand Chopper Mishap – Newschecker


Image of airborne helicopter up in flames linked to recent chopper crash in Kedarnath.

Screenshot of tweet by @vineeta_rai_

Links to such posts can be seen here, here, here and here.


A Yandex reverse image search on the viral picture led us to a report by Mid-day, dated August 21, 2019, titled ‘Three dead in helicopter crash off Greek island of Poros.’ The report featured the viral image for representational purposes.

Screengrab from Mid-day website

We found several other news outlets have used the viral photo as a ‘representative image’ while reporting on different chopper crashes time and again.The same can be seen here, here and here.

(L-R) Viral image and image used for in news reports (Courtesy:

Furthermore, the viral photo can also be seen in image depositary,, with the caption “Helicopter exploding in flight.”

The same picture was uploaded on iStock, on March 24, 2015.

Screengrab from iStock website

We could thus conclude that a stock image has been used to show the recent helicopter crash in Kedarnath.

Result: Missing Context

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