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Circulating Messages Claim Video Shows MH17 Crash

by Brett M. Christensen


Messages circulating via SMS and social media suggest that an accompanying video depicts the crash of MH17.

Brief Analysis

The video is genuine, but it does not show the crash of MH17. Instead, it shows the crash of an Iranian jet in September 2009 in which all seven people on board were killed. The video was uploaded to YouTube in June 2011 and has circulated ever since.


Looks like this video may show crash of MH17!!

Not MH17 crash

Detailed Analysis

Messages Claim Video Shows Crash of MH17

Messages that are currently circulating via SMS and social media feature a video that they claim shows the crash of doomed flight MH17.

The compelling footage, shot from another aircraft, shows a large plane with its tail section missing plummeting to the ground and exploding in a fireball.

Video Does Not Show MH17

The video is genuine but it does not show the crash of MH17. Instead, it depicts a crash that occurred near Tehran on September 22nd, 2009. The Iranian Air Force Ilyushin IL-76MD ‘Simorgh’ jet fell to earth with the loss of all seven people on board.

Reports suggest that after an engine fire, the radar dome came off and destroyed the tail of the aircraft resulting in its crash.

The video of the crash was uploaded to YouTube on June 3rd, 2011 (See below). The description of the YouTube video correctly identifies the plane as the Iranian jet. The video has circulated ever since.

In recent months, however, the footage has been falsely associated with the MH17 crash.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,