Two airplanes parked at North Bay’s Jack Garland Airport turned notorious on social media final weekend after conspiracy theories linked them to the so-called ‘Freedom Convoy’ in Ottawa.
One of many planes in query has United Nations decals on it, and a viral TikTok video circulated Saturday falsely claimed UN troops or law enforcement officials from different nations landed in North Bay to move to Ottawa to interrupt up the demonstration.
Hundreds weighed in on Twitter, looking for out why the planes have been parked on the airport.
“It simply exhibits to go how rapidly one video can go viral with misinformation,” mentioned North Bay Deputy Mayor Tanya Vrebosch.
The plane within the video was truly in operation in Amman, Jordan, for greater than a yr and returned to Canada on Jan. 29.
Voyageur Airways, which has a upkeep facility on the airport, mentioned one aircraft was grounded for normal upkeep.
“I can verify that the plane has been in North Bay for a number of weeks for a routine plane upkeep heavy verify occasion at our Voyageur North Bay facility,” mentioned Melchior Schori, spokesperson for Refrain Aviation Inc.
Voyageur employs about 220 individuals in North Bay, offering plane upkeep, restore and overhaul companies for its international buyer base.
Vrebosch is encouraging individuals to verify their sources earlier than posting claims on social media.
“Persons are anxious and misinformation provides to the conspiracy theories, it provides to individuals’s fears and the unknown,” she mentioned.
Within the final years, Voyageur Airways has supplied chartered plane to the UN and NATO for operations within the Center East and Africa.