Pudukkottai district Collector P Uma Maheshwari denied the accident and said strict action will be taken against those spreading rumours.

No helicopter crash in Pudukkottai Officials bust fake viral message
news Fake news Friday, June 12, 2020 - 16:18

Smoke rises from an open-air field, which also shows the debris of what looks like a crashed helicopter. These photos were going viral on social media along with the news that a helicopter had burst into flames mid-air in Pudukkottai district in Tamil Nadu on Friday morning and crashed. Charred debris amid tall, dry grass and visuals of a fire from an open field accompanied the tweets. However, officials have now clarified that this is fake and there has been no such accident in the district.

Friday morning was a busy time for Pudukkottai district officials who immediately rushed to the area at Melavasantham irrigation tank near Avudaiyarkoil where the incident was allegedly reported by residents. Those from the area had gathered upon hearing a loud booming sound, not unlike the sonic boom heard earlier last month in Bengaluru, and then later in Tamil Nadu’s Krishnagiri district.

However, when officials rushed to the site, it was confirmed that the viral message was entirely false and that no airborne helicopter had met with an accident in the area.

Pudukkottai district Collector P Uma Maheshwari shared a voice note with media persons where she clarified, “It is a wrong message that is being spread. We will take strict action against those spreading it. Revenue Divisional Officer of Aranthangi, and Tahsildar of Avudaiyarkovil are inspecting the site. A dry Karuvelam tree has been burning in the area. No debris from a helicopter has been found anywhere in the vicinity. This is entirely fake.”

Moreover, the image used on social media, that showed charred remains of a white and blue helicopter, is from the American National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player Kobe Bryant’s tragic accident. In January this year, the helicopter carrying Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others to a basketball game, crashed into the side of a mountain in California. This accident and the untimely demise of Kobe and his young daughter shocked and saddened many worldwide. 

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