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This article was published on June 23, 2015


A drone didn’t strike a Southwest Airlines plane leaving New York, a VFX designer faked it

A drone didn’t strike a Southwest Airlines plane leaving New York, a VFX designer faked it
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Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy. Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy.

A video was posted to Liveleak earlier today purporting to show a drone colliding with a Southwest Airlines flight leaving New York and shearing off the tip of its wing. It’s got lots of play on Twitter…but it never happened.

Check the wing closely and you’ll see this URL – www.branit.com – which doesn’t belong to an airline but to a visual effects designer in Kansas City called Bruce Branit.

He tells me he’s “not sure how this blew up like this” and is working on a Making Of video right now. He claims he didn’t post the video to Liveleak, but rather shared it on his company YouTube page. He’s now made it private.

Although these tweets suggest he had a good idea this might happen…

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