IN SHORT: The Malaysian passenger flight that went missing in 2014 has not been found and the viral photo showing a plane under water is unrelated.
Nine years and counting after its disappearance, the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, popularly known as MH370, continues.
It is against this background that a Facebook user shared a screenshot, apparently of a tweet by an account with the handle @MrBlackOG, claiming the MH370 had been found. According to the tweet, it was found “under ocean with no human skeleton”.
The tweet includes a photo of what appears to be the cockpit of a submerged aircraft.
The original tweet was posted on 6 May 2023. It has been viewed over 1 million times and retweeted thousands of times.
But is the underwater photo really of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight? We checked.
Photo shows plane wreckage in Jordan
A Google reverse image search revealed that the photo actually shows an aircraft sunk off Jordan's coast as an artificial reef.
The caption on the Instagram video reads: “Tristar Airplane Wreck Red Sea, Aqaba.”
The Tristar aeroplane was sunk into the Gulf of Aqaba to promote dive tourism and coral growth. Before that, it had been abandoned for years at King Hussein International Airport, Aqaba’s main airport.
The claim that the photo shows the missing Malaysia Airlines flight is false and may be hurtful to the families and relatives of those who were on board.
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