Back in October 2016, an American Airlines Boeing 767-300ER (AA383) caught fire while taking off from Chicago O’Hare Airport. The uncontained engine failure resulted in the right side of the aircraft catching fire.
Luckily the aircraft was able to come to a stop and all passengers and crew were evacuated safely.
Fast forward to 2018 and the problem of “fake” news strikes again.
A random, unverified Facebook page called “Newsroom” shared a live video, looping old clips from that 2016 fire. One of my friends actually told me about it, saying that an American Airlines plane is currently on fire and that I should check out the page for the live video.
A quick search on both Facebook showed quite a few people already sharing this video. The following is just a small excerpt of the 327,000+ people that shared it. At the time when this post was published, the video already amassed over 17 million views in just a few hours from when it was first uploaded.
Some also shared a CNN video link covering the incident back in 2016, but with no timestamp on the video itself (other than from the URL), a less savvy person could easily think that the incident happened today given the buzz on social media.
There’s no fire
In short, there is no aircraft on fire at the moment. If you fell for it, bow your head in shame and tell your friends and family that you got duped.
We’ve reached out to American Airlines for official confirmation on the matter and will update this post accordingly.