Ladakh: India has lost 20 brave soldiers in the violent face-off between the Indian and Chinese troops near Galwan valley. Ever since the incident, several unrelated images and videos claiming to be of the Indian army are doing rounds across social media.
Recently a video is viral on social media with a claim that the Indian Army is using Apache Helicopter for patrolling over Pangong Tso lake.( This lake is situated at Galwan Valley)
Many Twitter users shared this video with the same claim. In the viral video, it can be seen that some helicopters are flying over a lake. (Archive)
Tweet reads as,
Superb…Our Apache attack helicopters patrol over Pangong Tso in Ladakh 👏🏼👏🏼 Appreciate
Superb…Our Apache attack helicopters patrol over Pangong Tso in Ladakh 👏🏼👏🏼 Appreciate pic.twitter.com/D20wwDsRdg— Maj Gen Brajesh Kr (@bkum2000) June 24, 2020
Here is what he replied when a twitter user told him this video not from Ladakh.
Thx for intimation, appreciate! #FeelGoodFactor is a force multiplier.
— Maj Gen Brajesh Kr (@bkum2000) June 24, 2020
We have received multiple requests from users to verify this viral claim. We did a frame by frame analysis of the video and took some screenshots and did a reverse image search of the screen grabs. In our search, we were directed towards a YouTube link, uploaded by a channel named “Down To Fly”. According to the channel owner, the video is from a location called “Lake Havasu”, and was uploaded on 22 Jan 2018. “Lake Havasu” is located in Arizona, USA.
It is evident that this video is from USA and has no connection with Pangong Tso lake or Indian Army.
Conclusion: Viral video claiming to be of Indian Army patrolling with apache helicopter is fake. This is a 2-year-old video, from Havasu lake, Arizona.
ClaimReview: Indian Army using Apache helicopter for patrolling over Pangong Lake.