Pakistani fighter jets reportedly violated Indian air space in Jammu and Kashmir on February 27 but were pushed back by IAF. Pakistani media, however, conversely claimed that Indian fighter planes violated the country’s air space and were shot down by PAF. Pakistani media has been broadcasting the shooting down of IAF jets and local news channel ARY News flashed a photograph of a shot-down aircraft. This was pointed out by Twitter user Sachin Singh.

Another news organisation, Grassland Times, also ran the same imagery.

Pakistani actress Veena Malik also tweeted the same image.

2016 image of fighter plane crash in Jodhpur

The image flashed by ARY News dates back to 2016 when a MiG-27 fighter plane crashed into a building in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur. This too was pointed out by Sachin Singh.

Photographs of the crashed aircraft, taken from different angles, is also available in the media. If one notices carefully, the number of the plane – TU657 – is identical.

Earlier in the day, Alt News reported another piece of misinformation circulating in the Pakistani ecosystem. Pakistani social media users shared a video of a pilot injured in Bengaluru aero show as that of IAF pilot injured in the recent turmoil.

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Pooja Chaudhuri is a senior editor at Alt News.