On December 8, 2021, 13 people including CDS Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, and 11 others died when their helicopter crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Konnur area. Against this backdrop, a video has been viral on social media as live footage of the incident.

Alt News has also received numerous requests to verify it on our WhatsApp helpline number (+91 76000 11160).

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Unrelated incident

We performed a reverse image search of the video frames and discovered that the chopper shown in the video was actually the Indian Air Force’s Mi-17 model which crashed in Arunachal Pradesh on November 18, 2021. ANI tweeted the same video on November 18 while reporting on the incident. Two pilots and three crew members were aboard the helicopter when it crashed. However, they all survived and sustained only minor injuries.

East Mojo had also shared this clip while reporting on the Mi-17 crash.

Hindustan Times shared the footage in a November 19 video story on the incident.

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Priyanka Jha specialises in monitoring and researching mis/disinformation at Alt News. She also manages the Alt News Hindi portal.