A video showing a man lying on the turbine engine of an aircraft as it flies is viral on social media – netizens are misleadingly linking it to the recent reports and visuals of Afghans clinging on to the vehicles on the taxiway of Kabul airport in a bid to flee the Taliban reign.
In videos circulating on social media, thousands of Afghans could be seen thronging the taxiways of the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on August 15 and 16 in a desperate attempt to leave Afghanistan after the Taliban militia’s takeover. At least five people died as the chaos at the airport increased, reported Reuters.
Unverified visuals of Afghans clinging to the side of a US military plane in the airport on August 16 as it moved through the crowd were viral on social media. A local news agency Asvaka also reported that some people who had clung to the outside of a plane plunged to their deaths after it took off.
In this backdrop, a video showing a man lying on the turbine engine of an aircraft, as it is in motion ,is viral. The video has been captioned on Facebook as, “Citizens of Afghanistan scared of TB (Taliban) occupation hugging deaths and riding on the wings of the Airplane.” https://www.boomlive.in/fact-check/afghanistan-aircraft-afghans-flee-taliban-viral-video-digital-creation-14341?fbclid=IwAR1aKbuR0gsg6gA-ugTbt_dfkTQqyEnBsgxwuWZbSA_6Yl7kEF48XDZZYYc