Fact check: No, viral clip wasn't SAA's final farewell flypast

Fact check: No, viral clip wasn't SAA's final farewell flypast

- A video has gone viral following a poster claiming it showed a farewell flypast in honour of South African Airways

- The national carrier is currently bankrupt with its future uncertain

- Briefly.co.za explores the facts behind this controversial clip to determine if the claim has any substance

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A video shared by thousands of South Africans on Facebook claimed that the clip was of the South African Airways conducting a farewell flypast.

The short clip reveals two SAA planes flying in formation and was captioned with the following.

“4 SAA pilots were granted permission to do a final fly-by over OR Tambo this morning as the last farewell to a once proud and joy of SA [sic].”

AFP reports that the cash-strapped airline is baulking under the pressure of years of mismanagement and debt, with the coronavirus further hindering any progress.

READ ALSO: Explainer: Public transport rules during coronavirus lockdown

However, this video has been dubbed as 'blatantly misleading' by SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali.

“The video was taken last year as part of practice and rehearsal in preparation for the presidential inauguration fly past which SAA successfully executed. Some conspiracy theorists, motivated by malice, it appears, have turned this video into some propaganda to achieve their own ends. It is not what they claim it is.”

The inauguration took place in May last year, to celebrate the sixth democratically-elected president, Cyril Ramaphosa.

Briefly.co.za reported that the ban on both domestic and international passenger flights during lockdown remains, with the only exception of repatriation flights.

This is to allow South Africans to return home from abroad or to allow foreign nationals to return to their respective countries, according to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula.

The restrictions form part of the government's response to the continued coronavirus pandemic in South Africa.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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