The video, which was shared on social media on 13 March 2020, is claimed to show the air show organized by Italian Air Forces to cheer Italians up during the quarantine days.
The video which was uploaded on Youtube on 21 September 2019 shows the air show dates back. The user uploading the video on the internet states that the event was on 15 September 2019. The first Covid-19 case in Italy was seen in February 2020.
It is possible to see that the user called Carmen Sastre is the source of the post shared by Savash Porgham on Twitter. Sastre is a Spanish journalist. The comments under her tweet, which was shared the day before, also say that the video is old dated.
The user called Savash Porgham apologized saying that the video is not new and deleted his tweet.
The event, called Jesulo Air Show on 14-15 September 2019, can be seen on the official website of the Jesolo Municipality. Drones, helicopters and F18-model warplanes would fly with the purpose of air show; however, there is nothing in the program about which Italian Air Forces would make a show.
The poster shows that the jet planes that appear in the video and leave the colours of the Italian flag belong to the “Pattuglia Acrobatica Francese” (PAF) flight crew. “Pattuglia Acrobatica Francese” is the name of the team that makes the air shows of the French army.
On the websites that share news about the Veneto Region such as Venezia Today and ViviJesolo, you can find the name of the French aerobatic team. Another video of PAF’s show in Veneto in September 2019 can be reached.
Also, the website, called Aviation Report, includes an analysis of the planes in the event in September 2019. The analysis does not say that any plane belongs to the Italian Air Forces.
Recently, the number of people with Covid-19 is more than 17,000 and the number of casualties is more than 1,250. Almost the entire country is under the quarantine, and all business places except for markets and pharmacies have been shut down.
In conclusion, the video was recorded in September 2019, not during the epidemic of Covid-19 in Italy. The post in question is an example of a false connection.
YouTube, The video about Jesolo Air Show 2019, 21 September 2019
BBC, Coronavirus in Italy, 12 March 2020
Aviation Report, Article about the planes in the air shows in 2019, 11 November 2019
YouTube, Patrouille de France Jesolo Air Show, 22 September 2019
Wikipedia, Pattuglia Acrobatica Francese
Venezia Today, News about Jesolo Air Show, 14 Augustus 2019
ViviJesolo, Articles, and photos about the shows in previous years, 30 Augustus 2019
Comune Jesolo, Informative articles on the websites of Jesolo Municipality
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Translation: Hilal Ebru Yakar