Fact Check

Plane Crash-Lands on Beach

A mobile phone video purportedly showing a plane crash-landing on a beach is actually a commercial for a Dutch travel agency.

Published Aug. 11, 2016

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A video shows a plan a plane crash-landing on a beach.

A video purportedly showing a plane crash-landing in the surf next to a populated beach has been circulating online since 2007. One popular version posted to the Facebook page "Sh*t Happens: Funny Videos and Pics" has racked up more than 1 million views since it was posted there in February 2016:

While this video is presented as if it showed real footage captured by a tourist using a mobile phone, this clip was actually taken from a commercial for the Dutch travel company X-Travel.

The full video features the company's logo at the end after a section showing passengers dancing as they joyfully jump onto an inflatable emergency exit ramp:

Viral video advertisements are frequently edited and shared as real footage, such as a sunglasses ad purportedly showing a man tow surfing behind a shark, a trampoline park promo allegedly showing a skydiver landing on a trampoline, and purse commercial depicting a woman getting eaten by an alligator.

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.