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Air France crash photos hoax
Paris, JUL 19 (Agencies):
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Published on 19 Jul. 2009 11:36 PM IST
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The original web posting was made by Carlos Carduso (Brazil) on his own blog on October 26, 2006 and he never intended to perpetrate a hoax or deceive anyone. Mr. Carduso’s intention was to demonstrate how web surfers only the read the first line of text on a web page and tend to believe what they read in a few seconds. Nonetheless these photos escaped into cyberspace and have been circulating ever since with the attribution that they represent real photos of one of two documented aircraft tragedies. As the world knows, Air France Flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean about 900 kilometers from Fernando de Norohna, off the northeast coast of Brazil on June 1, 2009. The Airbus A330 was 470 miles (900 km) from Fernando de Norohna. There were no survivors and the investigation as to probable causes is ongoing. Bolivian TV channel PAT fell for this hoax and embarrassed itself with a prime time news broadcast featuring ‘photos’ from Air France Flight 447. See Source #3. There is not a shred of truth in the attribution of these photos to Air France Flight 447. To quote from the preliminary report from the French government (Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses) about this accident: “A number of images have appeared on the Internet claiming, that a memory stick has been found containing photos of on board scenes. All of those images are fake and had been used in a TV series. Images claiming to be of AF-447 being spammed via e-mail are not just fake, but do contain malicious code executing without user intervention according to Internet Security firms.” According to the email: “The following two photos attached were allegedly taken by one of the passengers in the Air France aircraft that disappeared . The photographs appear to be just after some kind of collision or other major problem and before the aircraft crashed. The photographs were retrieved from the camera’s memory stick. You will never get to see photos like this. In the first photo, there is a gaping hole in the fuselage through which you can see the tail plane and vertical fin of the aircraft. In the second photo, one of the passengers is being sucked out of the gaping hole of the Air France plane. Our source states these photos were found in a digital Casio Z750, amidst the remains in Serra do Cachimbo. Although the camera was destroyed, the Memory Stick was recovered”. The images displayed have nothing to do with that tragic accident, however- they’re screen shots from the pilot episode of the popular ABC television series Lost. Actress Evangeline Lilly, who portrays the character Kate Austgen in that show, is clearly identifiable in the left-hand side of the first photograph. Also, the tail section shown breaking away from the airliner in the first photograph bears the logo of the fictional Oceanic Airlines used in that TV Series. Portions of this television “crash” can be glimpsed in an ABC promotional clip for Lost . The hoax back story for these pictures was propagated in late October 2006 on the blog of a Brazilian man named Carlos Cardosa. Mr Cordosa admitted to the hoax on his blog, claiming he was attempting to demonstrate that people only skim the first paragraph or so of articles and don’t really absorb or think critically about what they’re reading (a point demonstrated by the fact that the original blog entry included a link at the end to another entry explaining the hoax.) None of the many readers who forwarded us these pictures saw them on the blog site, however, they all received the photos via e-mail forwards. Anecdotal reports indicate some television news outlets have mistakenly aired these photographs as genuine pictures of the 2009 Air France crash. (Snopes.com)

 
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