JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Police probe woman for spreading fake news of Hanoi air crash

Sunday, July 23, 2017, 13:58 GMT+7

Police have summoned a woman for questioning regarding her made-up story of an air crash near Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.

She had allegedly wanted to gain more followers on Facebook through the viral content for the benefit of her online cosmetics shop.

The hi-tech police unit of Hanoi on Saturday summoned P.T.M., the owner of a namesake Facebook account, for interrogation over her fake story concerning an airplane accident in the capital.

According to M.’s statement at the police station, she had used her social media account to share photos of an ‘air crash’ near Noi Bai on Thursday.

“The rain was so heavy that it brought down an airplane… Horrible…,” the caption of M.’s photos reads in Vietnamese. “This is Noi Bai.”

In the photos, fire trucks and emergency responders could be seen approaching a plane which had apparently crashed into an open field.

Nguyen Huy Duong, deputy director of Noi Bai International Airport, denied the existence of such an aviation accident, saying the photos had been taken from a drill.

M. admitted that she had found the photos on the Internet and decided to attach to them an invented story with the intent to attract likes and followers to her Facebook account.

She had hoped that the improved interactions would benefit her business of selling cosmetics through the account, M. said.

Hanoi police said they were consolidating case files to propose an appropriate disciplinary action against M. for spreading the fake news.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!



Read more




Vietnam’s Mekong Delta celebrates spring with ‘hat boi’ performances

The art form is so popular that it attracts people from all ages in the Mekong Delta

Vietnamese youngster travels back in time with clay miniatures

Each work is a scene caught by Dung and kept in his memories through his journeys across Vietnam

Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Young maple trees given better protection as Hanoi enters rainy season

The trees are currently growing well, with green leaves and healthy branches.

Hunting skinks for food in southern Vietnam

Skink meat is known to be soft, tasty, and highly nutritious.

Latest news