The image was shared here on Twitter by a member of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on October 18, 2022.
It appears to show an airborne helicopter engulfed in fire.
The caption reads, “Kedarnath incident has distressed my heart. May god rest their souls in peace, (my) sympathies with the families.”
A screenshot of the misleading post, captured on October 20, 2022
The image was shared after seven people were killed when a helicopter bringing Hindu pilgrims back from a shrine high in the Indian Himalayas crashed in the mountains on October 18, 2022.
The pilot and all six pilgrims on board died when the helicopter came down during the flight from Kedarnath temple, disaster response official Nandan Singh Rajwar told AFP from the crash site.
The image was also shared by several Indian ruling party politicians here, here, here and here on Twitter.
Other users also shared it on Facebook alongside a similar false claim here, here and here.
A reverse image search found the image on stock image websites iStock and Dreamtime here and here respectively.
A screenshot of the iStock image taken on October 25, 2022
The image on the iStock website, credited to “giocalde”, was uploaded on March 24, 2015.
It is titled, “Ground view looking up at a helicopter exploding mid-air stock photo”.
A further search found an earlier version of the image taken on September 9, 2012 that was published here by Alamy.
Below is a screenshot of the photo, which does not show the helicopter engulfed by flames:
Screenshot of the image on Alamy website, which does not show the helicopter engulfed by flames
The image is credited to “Giorgio Calderato”.
The description states, “09/09/2012 Valdagno (Italy) aerial photographic surveys with helicopter. Amprion GmbH is an important transmission system operator in Europe and operates a german extra-high voltage grid with a length of 11.000 km”.
The same image was posted on Shutterstock here credited to “giocalde” — short for Giorgio Calderato.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the image in the false posts (left), the same image found on iStock (centre) and the undamaged chopper’s image on Alamy (right):
Comparison of the image in the false posts (left), the same image found on iStock (centre) and the undamaged chopper’s image on Alamy (right)
According to Calderato’s Shutterstock profile, he is an Italian visual artist and videographer.
Calderato told AFP: “I confirm that the photo of the exploding helicopter is not real, it was created by me with Photoshop.”
Art restorers in the Italian city of Florence have begun a six-month project to clean and virtually “unveil” a long-censored nude painting by Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the most prominent women in the history of Italian art. Swirling veils and drapery were added to the “Allegory of Inclination” some 70 years after Gentileschi painted the life-size female nude, believed to be a self-portrait, in 1616. The work to reveal the image as originally painted comes as Gentileschi’s contribution to Italian Baroque art is getting renewed attention in the #MeToo era, both for her artistic achievements but also for breaking into the male-dominated art world after being raped by one of her art teachers.
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One hundred years ago the Detroit Institute of Arts became the first museum in the U.S. to buy a work by Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch Post-Impressionist who died in 1890. Now, the DIA honors the centenary of that landmark acquisition by presenting "Van Gogh in America," featuring 74 works from around the world, which explores America's introduction to the artist. Correspondent Rita Braver reports.
100 years after becoming the first U.S. museum to buy a work by the Post-Impressionist, the Detroit Institute of Arts' new Van Gogh retrospective (one of the largest ever) explores America's introduction to the artist.

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