President Trump's second wife, Marla Maples, died in a plane crash in April 2017. See Example( s )

Collected via e-mail and Twitter, April 2017





On 17 April 2017, fake news site True Trumpers published a page containing only the clickbait headline “Just In: Trump’s Ex-Wife Marla Maples Died After Airline Accident!” and a photograph of what appeared to be the wreckage of a crashed plane:


There is no truth to the sensational headline, a claim which would have made worldwide news if it were accurate; indeed, the image used here is actually from July 1997, when a Federal Express plane crashed and burned during a landing at Newark International Airport. (Despite the dramatic image, only minor injuries were reported.)

Before claiming Marla Maples was killed in a plane crash, True Trumpers reported (falsely) that Vice-President Mike Pence and 23 staffers died in the same manner in March 2017.



“Aircraft Accident Report: Crash During Landing Federal Express, Inc. Mcdonnell Douglas Md-11, n611fe Newark International Airport Newark, New Jersey, July 31, 1997.”
    National Transportation Safety Board.    25 July 2000.