In a somewhat hilarious turn of events, Pakistan's Secretary General, Khurram Nawaz Gandapur, shared on Twitter a video of an airplane narrowly missing crashing into an oil tanker which was present on the runway, congratulating the pilot on his miraculous avoidance of what was certainly disaster.
"Narrow escape of an aircraft which could have ended in a great disaster. Miraculous save by the pilot’s presence of mind." he wrote. The only problem was the video he shared was actually just a video from GTA V.
Before being deleted, the Tweet went viral, with thousands of retweets and comments pointing out the error.
The footage game from a YouTuber named The UiGamer, who makes compilations of aircraft related incidents in GTA V on his channel.
It's not even the first time this has happened. Physics-Astronomy.org also mistook the same footage for a genuine terrorist attack attempt in Algeria.
Terrorist attack in Algeria, which fails to work because of the pilot's immense skill pic.twitter.com/vnHXzjSULk— Physics-astronomy.org (@OrgPhysics) July 9, 2019
What confuses me, though, is just how anyone mistook this for real life. The camera angles alone just preclude this to my mind.
"Fake News" has become so prevalent these days, but when people fall for things this easily, it's easy, and scary, to see why. Even major news outlets started to reach out to find out more.
While it's hilarious on one hand, it's a scary reflection on how news spreads in our current society on the other.
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