One guy was lucky to witness the historical launch of Chandrayan 3 from flight. Sometime after takeoff from Chennai to Dhaka flight, pilot announced to watch this historical event for passengers sitting on the left side of the flight.
A video clip of a rocket launch captured by an airplane passenger is widely circulated with the claim that he was lucky to witness the historical launch of Chandrayaan 3 from the flight. The viral post also mentions “Sometime after takeoff from Chennai to Dhaka flight, pilot announced to watch this historical event for passengers sitting on the left side of the flight.”
ROCKET launch from Commercial Plane…. Chandrayan Launch from 36000 feet on a Dhaka – Chennai Flight pic.twitter.com/mgCZfaEO3I
— Ravi Nagarajan (@ravinagarajann) July 16, 2023
What is the truth?
When reverse-searching the keyframes of the viral video we found that the video is old and is not related to Chandrayaan 3 launch. An Instagram page named ‘plane.focus’ is found posting the viral video on 18, February 2023 with the caption “Talk about being in the right place at the right time“, crediting the video to TikTok user ‘chefpinkpr’.
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When searching the TikTok profile of Nelito with the username ‘chefpinkpr’ we found the viral video published on 16, December 2022 with the caption “While working my flight we witnessed this once in a lifetime phenomenon!! SpaceX Falcon9”. He also posted second part of the video on his TikTok page.
When searching for SpaceX launchpad, we found CNBC article featuring an aerial view of the starship launchpad which looks similar to the one seen in the viral video.
However, we could not verify when the video was taken. But we could ascertain that the viral video is not of Chandrayaan 3 launch, but shows SpaceX rocket launch. This video is doing its rounds on the internet at least from December 2022 whereas Chandrayaan 3 was launched in July 2023.
It is found that an old video of a rocket launch shot from a plane window is shared as a recent visual of the Chandrayaan 3 launch.