Video of PIA plane moving on flooded Lahore runway is old

It’s an old video from 2020


Claim: A video shows a Pakistan International Airlines plane moving through a flooded runway at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore amid record-high rainfall.

Fact: The video is old, dating back to August 2020. It also made rounds on social media in 2022 with a similar claim.

Fact or Fiction?

On 22 July 2023, Twitter user Syeda Yasmeen Ali (@yasmeen_9) tweeted a video claiming that it shows a PIA plane landing at Lahore airport amid heavy rain.

It is accompanied by the caption, “Lahore Airport. Today.”

Soch Fact Check found the claim to be misleading. The viral video earlier made rounds on social media in July 2022 with the claim that it shows a PIA plane landing on an inundated Karachi runway. At the time, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) clarified that it is old.

We debunked the claim in 2022 and found a longer version of the video on Youtube through a reverse-image search of keyframes. The video, titled “Exclusive!! PIA Plane Emergency Landing On Water At Airport In Floods” was published by 24 News HD on 27 August 2020.

Dunya News also reported the incident on 27 August 2020 and published an article titled “Rainwater floods Karachi airport, footage of plane on taxiway paints sorry picture” on their website.


The video was also posted here on Twitter.

The tweet by @yasmeen_9 gained significant traction with 256,000 views, 1,690 likes, 553 retweets and 72 quote tweets.

It was found here, here and here on Facebook.

On YouTube, it was shared here, here and here.

Conclusion: The video of a PIA plane landing on an inundated Lahore runway is unrelated to the current spell of monsoon rains. In fact, it is an old video from August 2020.

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