On Wednesday morning (February 27), news reports of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) downing two Indian Air Force (IAF) aircrafts on the Pakistani side of the Line of Control (LoC) started doing rounds.
Leading Pakistani news daily, Dawn, published an article, the headline of which read, “PAF shoots down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace; one pilot arrested.” The article was also supported by a picture showing a crashed aircraft.
According to Alt News, Pakistani news channel, ARY News, also reported using the same image.
Alt News found that the image which has been used by Pakistani media is an old image which dates back to 2015.
A Google search of the image shows that it is of an Indian Air Force fighter trainer aircraft that had crashed in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha in 2015.
Alt News also attached with its article an image of The Hindu article which talked about the same.
“Since the Hawk A-3492 crashed in a paddy field about 200 metres from human habitation around noon, there were no reports of any civilian casualties or loss of property. The incident took place at Kudarsahi village under the Bisoi police station limit in Mayurbhanj district,” The Hindu article, filed on June 3, 2015, stated.
Clearly, Pakistani media shared an old picture as that of an IAF aircraft shot down by PAF.
Credit: Alt News