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Fact Check-Footage of downed plane was filmed in Libya

Social media users are falsely linking a video of a plane being shot down in Benghazi in 2011 to Russia’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine.

In one instance, the clip appears beside the caption (here "Possible Russian Jet shot down by Ukrainian SAM [surface-to-air missile].”

Other users have shared the clip here and here.

However, the video has been miscaptioned and is not related to the situation in Ukraine.

It shows a fighter jet shot down by Libyan rebels in Benghazi in 2011.

The clip is contained in raw footage posted online more than a decade ago. The Associated Press uploaded the full clip to YouTube on March 19, 2011 (here, timestamp 2:10).

Russian forces invaded Ukraine by land, air and sea on Feb. 24, 2022, in the largest offensive by one country against another in Europe since World War II (here).

Explosions were heard before dawn in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, a city of 3 million inhabitants, sirens sounded and the highway out of town was congested with traffic as residents fled.

VERDICT

Miscaptioned. The clip does not show a Russian plane. The footage is from Libya from as early as 2011.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here.

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