FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show A Botched Parachute Drop By Ugandan Special Forces?

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

A video shared on Facebook allegedly shows a botched parachute drop by Ugandan special forces during a celebration of the country’s independence day.

Verdict: False

The video shows Honduran paratroopers, not Ugandan special forces.

Fact Check:

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni removed his son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, from his position as the commander of the Ugandan infantry after he posted tweets about invading Kenya, according to The Associated Press. Kainerugaba remains a military adviser to his father despite his ouster, the outlet reported.

The Facebook video claims to show Ugandan special forces fumbling a parachute drop. The claim was also widely shared on Twitter, with one video receiving over 275,000 views and 350 retweets.

A reverse image search suggests it shows Honduran paratroopers, not Ugandan soldiers. The same soldiers that are visible in the video also show up in several other videos showcasing Honduran Independence Day. A video of the 40 paratroopers was shared on YouTube as well, with the four paratroopers’ dismal landing present.

“40 paratroopers land at the José de La Paz Herrera stadium – September 15, 2022,” reads the video’s title. The stadium present in the video does appear to be the Jose La Paz Herrera stadium. (RELATED: Did The Washington Post Publish An Article Calling For Joe Biden To Cancel The Midterms?)

Media outlets reported on the incident as well. CNN Español reported that “parachutists” landed in the public instead of the designated landing area. El Heraldo also published images of the paratroopers that match the ones seen in the Facebook video.

D. Emery later made a correction to the claim.

“CORRECTION: Don’t think this is Uganda (was flagged as such when first posted on Tekegram). By the looks of the flag – it’s a Central American nation (Honduras, Nicaragua and others have been speculated),” Emery tweeted.

This is not the first time a video of parachutists has been miscaptioned on social media. Check Your Fact previously debunked a claim in March 2022 appearing to show U.S. forces parachuting into Ukraine.

Elias Atienza

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