Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Cindy Swanson, CyberSnoop: The Case of The Fake Air Crash Photographs
Are photographs of an airliner breaking up in midair for real?
An e-mail that's currently circulating shows photographs of the interior of an airplane cabin as the plane breaks up. The latest version of the e-mail claims the pictures were taken just before the Airbus A330-200 operated by Air France went down over the Atlantic Ocean while en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on June 1st 2009.
The e-mail includes these comments: "Feel so sad for all the passengers including the extraordinary photographer, who kept his cool even in his last moments of life and took this photo. Hats off to him!!!"
Other versions of the e-mail claim the pictures were taken aboard a plane that crashed over Brazil in September 2006.
Snopes.com and other sources tell us that neither version is true. Where did those pictures actually come from?
Well, they're actually screen shots for the pilot episode of the popular ABC TV show, "Lost"! (No wonder they looked familiar to me the instant I saw them--"Lost" is one of the CyberSnoop's very favorite TV shows!)
In fact, if you look closely, you can see actress Evangeline Lilly, who plays Kate Austen, in the left hand side one of the photographs.
A Brazilian man has admitted to propagating the hoax on his blog in October 2006.
Clearing up another internet rumor, this is Cindy Swanson, CyberSnoop...reminding you to check it out BEFORE you hit that SEND button!