Kenya: No, the video does not show the helicopter that killed Kenyan military chief Francis Ogolla

SOON: Kenya Defense Forces chief Francis Ogolla and nine other officers died in a helicopter crash in April 2024. However, a video circulating on social media platforms does not show the plane they were traveling on. .

On April 18, 2024, Kenya Defense Forces chief General Francis Ogolla died in a helicopter crash in Elgeyo Marakwet County, about 400 kilometers northwest of the capital Nairobi.

Ogolla died along with nine officers, while two others survived.

Social media platforms They were later flooded with Conspiracy theories about the cause of the accident, with some suggesting foul play.

Some users also posted a video, claiming it showed the plane that killed Ogolla.

A video posted on the short video platform TikTok shows what appears to be a helicopter flying and firing weapons. The text of the video reads: “Helicopter carrying CDF Ogolla crashes in Cheptuel West Pokot.”

West Pokot County is located north of the crash site.

The video has been viewed more than 3.7 million times, reposted more than 3,300 times, liked more than 90,000 times, and received more than 1,700 comments.

It was also posted on Facebook with a caption: “Here is the video of the plane carrying CDF Ogolla.”

The same clip was posted along with similar claims on Facebook here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, on X (formerly Twitter) here, here and on TikTok here.

But is this a video of the helicopter that killed Ogolla? We review it.

The video shows a different plane.

Africa Check used the Invid video verification tool to split the video into frames.

We then did a reverse image search of the keyframe and found similar images on YouTube dated March 31, 2024. The title of the video reads: “Russian Ka-52 attack.”

The same video was posted on Instagram by the @sky_fighters_club account on March 31. Here it said: “Ka-52 crocodile of the Russian Air Force firing unguided rockets on ballistic trajectory somewhere in Ukraine.”

Africa Check was unable to find out when or where the video was made, but it appeared online weeks before the helicopter crash in Kenya.

The claim that it shows the plane that killed Ogolla is false.