Dragon Airline Safe Landing in Typhoon, Video: Fact Check


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Dragon Airline Safe Landing in Typhoon, Video

Story:

Watch Dragon Airline Safe Landing in Typhoon Mangkhut, Video from China.

Other Versions

1. Dragon Airline hit by typhoon in China ShenZhen. But managed to land safely.

2. DragonAir 737 Caught in a Typhoon
The Pilot is Incredible.

Fact Check:

An interesting story, allegedly from China, purports to show the video of a Dragon Airline Safe Landing in Typhoon Mangkhut. It claims to show the Dragon Airline 737 spinning around in strong winds of the typhoon, and managing to land safely, thanks to the incredible skills of the Pilot. The story showing the video of the airline doing barrel roll before emergency landing went viral on social media. Despite the video and the claims amidst the deadly Typhoon Mangkhut in mid-September 2018, the story is not true.

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Origin of Story

The story in question originated from couple of social media posts of Time News International. On 13th September 2018, they shared the story on their Facebook page and also the video next day in their YouTube channel. Because the deadly Typhoon Mangkhut was creating lot of damage in Philippines, Hong Kong and Southern China, viewers went on to believe in the airline story. It circulated widely on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Not Dragon Airline Safe Landing in Typhoon

Firstly, Time News International is not a news agency as such and does not have a website. They published the YouTube video of ‘Dragon Airline hit by typhoon’ – in Comedy Category. Also, there are no credible reports about the Dragon Airline emergency landing in such a dramatic fashion in Typhoon. What you see in the video is actually an animation clip combined with a report of another emergency airline landing incident in China.

Yes, the first part of the clip showing an airline doing barrel roll is in fact an animation video from MeniThings. They shared the video (shown above) on YouTube in Entertainment Category, and you can see many such videos on their website menithings.com. It has nothing to do with the deadly Typhoon Mangkhut impacting Hong Kong. However, earlier on 28th August 2018, Capital Airlines Flight 5759 made a dramatic emergency landing at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport in China. Mechanical failure damaged the front landing gear of aircraft, causing loss of both wheels and failure of left engine. The flight was carrying 166 people, and five passengers suffered minor injuries during the emergency landing.

Image of Capital Airlines Flight 5759 emergency landing in China
Capital Airlines Flight 5759 emergency landing in China

Coming back to the story again, the claim that the video shows a Dragon Airline safe landing in Typhoon Mangkhut is therefore a hoax. It in fact shows an animation clip followed by an emergency landing of a flight in China, both of which are not related to Typhoon Mangkhut.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.


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