China Eastern Airlines flight 603 was a passenger plane that landed at the airport of Kharkiv, Ukraine. Passengers took out their cell phones and started recording what happened next. The video from one phone went viral on QQ (China’s version of Facebook) showing two Russian-Ukrainian cosmonauts making an impromptu dance to celebrate being rescued by China during the Ukrainian crisis in 2014.

from video recorded aboard China Eastern flight to cosmonauts supporting Ukraine



The news industry is complicated, and fake articles and photographs are often disseminated on social media. Every week, the editorial staff at Blasting News identifies the most common hoaxes and incorrect information to help you distinguish truth from untruth. Here are some of the most widely circulated misleading statements this week, none of which are true.


The last minutes onboard a China Eastern Airlines airplane are not captured on video.

False claim: A video of an aircraft crash has been circulated thousands of times on social media throughout the globe, coupled with the claim that the tape was shot by a passenger during the catastrophic China Eastern Airlines incident on March 21, 2022.


  • A reverse image search reveals that the footage posted on social media is from a video released in 2019 by the Bull Bosphorus YouTube channel.
  • The creator states in the video description that the footage was created using the aviation simulator “X-Plane 11” to recreate an Ethiopian Airlines crash.
  • A Boeing 737 Max 8 flight from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, to Nairobi, Kenya, crashed on March 10, 2019, killing all 157 persons on board.
  • A China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 transporting 132 passengers from Kunming to Guangzhou crashed in the mountains of southern China’s Guangxi province on March 21, 2021, killing everybody on board.


To show solidarity for Ukraine, Russian cosmonauts did not wear blue and yellow spacesuits.

False claim: A picture of three Russian cosmonauts wearing blue-and-yellow spacesuits was posted throughout the globe, with the assertion that this was in support of Ukraine.


  • Russia’s Roscosmos space agency’s cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveyev, and Sergey Korsakov were the first to arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) since the commencement of the Ukraine conflict on March 18.
  • When asked about the rationale for the colors of their uniforms during a press conference after arrival at the ISS, mission commander Artemyev said simply: “It became our time to select a color.” However, we had amassed a large amount of yellow stuff and wanted to put it to good use. As a result, we had to dress in yellow.”
  • Roscosmos also denied the claim that the cosmonauts were expressing support for Ukraine on its Telegram and Twitter accounts. The “design of the uniform was settled upon long before current events,” according to the Russian space agency, and the colors were picked as a homage to Bauman Moscow State Technical University, where all three cosmonauts graduated.


The CEO of Disney was not charged with human trafficking.

False claim: Users of social media in the United States

Disney CEO Bob Chapek was reportedly detained for human trafficking last month, according to reports in the United States and Canada. The posters cite an article from the Vancouver Times website as their source of information.


  • The Vancouver Times advertises itself as “the most trusted source for satire on the West Coast” on its “About” page. It states, “We produce satirical articles on topics that concern conservatives.”
  • A scan of the internet reveals that, except from the Vancouver Times piece, there is no evidence in the mainstream media that the Disney CEO has been detained or is involved in human trafficking.


Russia has not issued a warrant for George Soros’ arrest.

False claim: European social media users posted messages alleging that the Russian government had issued an arrest order for billionaire George Soros.

According to the postings, Soros is the principal perpetrator of the Ukraine crisis.


  • There is no official word from the Russian government indicating that George Soros is the subject of an arrest warrant. There are no reports on the subject in Russia’s or other Western nations’ prominent media sources.
  • The erroneous allegation has been spreading on social media for years, and the Russian government even formally discredited it in 2018.

Latin America is a continent in South America.

The head of Ukraine’s biggest private gas business is not Biden’s son.

False claim: Posts shared by social media users in Latin America is a continent in South America. claim that Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, works as a director of Ukraine’s largest private gas company.


  • Hunter Biden was named a non-executive director of Burisma Holdings, a private oil and gas business that has been operating in Ukraine since 2002, in April 2014.
  • Hunter Biden, however, departed Burisma in April 2019, still during his father’s presidential campaign, according to information released by Reuters on October 18, 2019.
  • Hunter Biden advised the firm on legal concerns, corporate finance, and strategy throughout his five-year time on the board, according to official sources.

South Africa is a country in Africa.

Russia did not develop its own McDonald’s franchise.

False claim: Social media users in South Africa is a country in Africa. have shared posts claiming that Russia has allegedly created its own version of McDonald’s after the fast-food chain announced the temporary suspension of its operations in the country in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Images of a so-called DonMak restaurant and items, which appear a lot like the McDonald’s chain, follow the postings.


  • Following the commencement of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, which prompted a slew of Western sanctions, McDonald’s caved to public pressure and ceased operations in Russia on March 8.
  • The photographs published in the social media postings, however, have been circulating on the internet since 2016, according to a reverse image search.
  • The images were used in reports that stated that after McDonald’s ceased operations in Donetsk, Ukraine, which has been controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014, a portion of the American fast-food chain’s restaurants reopened, retaining their previous appearance but adopting the name DonMak.


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