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LAST_UPDATESat, 25 Nov 2017 9am

Saw This Viral Video Of 'Dinner In The Sky' Crashing In Morocco? This Is What The Organizers Have To Say

The 1.13 minute video has been making the rounds on social media and many Malaysians have even shared it, that jaw-dropping spectacle of a entire dining carriage filled with people breaking loose from its cables plunging hundreds of feet from the sky.

The video footage shows a Dinner in the Sky event operated for the telecommunication company Meditel in Oujda/Marocco being hoisted up with full fanfare only to dramatically break loose from its harness accompanied by sparks and screams in what seems like a very realistic tragedy.

In order to verify the viral video, Malaysian Digest contacted its local representative who sought to clarify the matter.

The representative of Dinner In The Sky (DITS) Malaysia, which is understood to be a separate brand over the DITS event in Marocco had this to say about the viral video.

"We are aware of the video, it's an old video and it's nothing new. It didn’t reach South East Asia [until now] and it's slowly creeping into here. I know it looks very real but it's fake.

"The first time I saw it, I was surprised, and even I thought to myself, did it really happen? We are aware of it as we have seen it weeks earlier.

"We thought we will just deal with it as it comes and issue a statement as it comes. Making an official statement brings more exposure," the representative stated.

"We were hoping it won’t creep into Southeast Asia but you know how social media can go viral.

"It has gone viral, we saw people posting in Malaysia already," the representative confirms and stressed that the incident is entirely fabricated, no matter how realistic it looks.

The representative also indicated that they are exploring their legal options.

"It is fake and we are initiating legal action and that the safety is our utmost priority - it has always been that way.

"Technically speaking whatever ‘happened’ in Morocco is not the same brand as DITS in Malaysia," the spokesperson revealed.

Upon being asked how a video like that can be faked, she further clarified the issue and pointed out the real facts.

"How can they not? With The kind of technology we have. I mean even if that had been real and those people had died, don’t you think it would have been in splattered all over the news already?"

David Ghysels, the creator and owner of Dinner in the Sky had released an official statement testifying that the video featuring the crash is a fake.

"This fake video, created with the computer program ‘after-effects’, was created by a Youtube User called ‘Mktnet’ with an entertainment objective. The ‘joke-video’ was removed from his account and denied by his author as stated on his Youtube and Facebook account," he wrote.

A search through the web confirms that the video can no longer be found.

"Dinner in the Sky has been launched in 2006 in 56 countries for 10 years during which no one incident happened.

"All over the word, safety is our number 1 obsession," the founder reiterated.

The company also outlined its adherence to the highest safety precautions at all times.

"Dinner In The Sky observes its safety measures to an utmost level. While seated guests will wear safety belts, standing presenter and crew are secured by safety harnesses all the time during the flight.

"A safety supervisor will brief patrons about all the safety regulations prior to the flight and will be in constant communication with crane operator and ground crew for a smooth flight.

"This has been approved by TÜV SÜD, the German organisation that validates the safety of products of all kinds to protect humans and the environment against hazards. In Malaysia, the experience is regulated and is under the advisory of DOSH (Department of Occupational Safety & Health Malaysia)."

Earlier, Malaysian Digest had participated in a KL event of 'Dinner in the Sky' which you can view below.

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