Google Earth image of Kudahuvadhoo
People on a remote island in the Maldives report seeing a large jet, flying low overhead on March 8, according to a local newspaper report.
Residents of a village on a remote island in the Indian Ocean have told a Maldives newspaper that they saw a large commercial jet, flying low, around 6.00am local time March 8, 2014 - the same morning as Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 went missing in south-east Asia.
One witness told the Maldives newspaper, Haveeru, that he and others in his village witnessed a large commercial jetliner he described as a "jumbo jet" that could have been Flight 370.
"I've never seen a jet flying so low over our island before," the witness said.
"We've seen seaplanes, but I'm sure that this was not one of those. I could even make out the doors on the plane clearly," the eyewitness said in a Maldives language newspaper in a report posted online.
"It's not just me either, several other residents have reported seeing the exact same thing. Some people got out of their houses to see what was causing the tremendous noise too."
The newspaper went on to say a local politician confirmed the reports from villagers on the island.
The newspaper didn't say if the government of the Maldives had contacted Malaysian investigators about the report.
The Maldives report came just a few hours after a Malaysian newspaper revealed information about the home-made flight simulator used in the home of MH370 Captain Shah.
“Among the software we checked so far is the Male International Airport in Maldives, three airports in India and Sri Lanka, and one belonging to the US military base in Diego Garcia. All have a runway length of 1,000 metres,” a source told the Malay Daily newspaper.
Meanwhile, Australia is mounting a huge search for MH370 in the Indian Ocean, with several sorties due to leave Perth on the west coast of Australia on Wednesday.
We will update with new information on this story.
Indian Ocean image: Location of remote island
Kudahuvadhoo Village in Maldives sited an unusually low flying big aircraft on the day of #MH370 dissapearance @cnni pic.twitter.com/rnDYyWCcC4
— Fayaz (@Fayaz1965) March 18, 2014
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