British communications regulator Ofcom is investigating how a UK documentary examining possible connections between Muammar Gaddafi and the IRA confused video game play for actual IRA footage of a helicopter being shot down.
Ofcom received dozens of complaints about the misstep and they are investigating to see whether the incident should be considered a breach of its broadcasting code.
In the documentary Exposure - Gaddafi and the IRA, aired last month in the U.K., a voice can be heard saying, "With Gaddafi's heavy machine guns it was possible to shoot down a helicopter as the terrorists own footage of 1988 shows."
On the screen viewers witness shaky footage of what appears to be a heavy machine gun mounted into the bed of a camouflage-painted pick-up truck. The words IRA film 1988 are displayed over the video. In the footage, viewers see a group of men in balaclavas standing around the vehicles as it fires at a distant helicopter.
The footage, described as secret footage captured by the IRA in 1988, was actually gameplay from ARMA 2.
At the time an ITV spokesman told Kotaku that while the events featured in the show were genuine, the footage use was a mistake.