EYEWITNESSES claim to have seen a low-flying jumbo jet “with red stripes” similar to that of a missing Malaysia Airlines jet flying over their houses in the Maldives, local media reports.
The Maldivian daily newspaper Haveeru reports residents described a white aircraft with red markings similar to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 passing overhead about 6.15am on March 8. The claims, which have not been confirmed, follow reports of radar and satellite signals indicating the missing airliner could have followed a track in that general direction.
The holiday islands are about halfway between Malaysia and the east coast of Africa. It’s about 3200 kilometres from Malaysia — placing it at the extreme edge of how far flight MH370 could travel. The newspaper reports residents of Kuda Huvadhoo as saying the unknown aircraft made an “incredibly loud noise” as it travelling southeast towards the southern end of the Maldives island chain, the island of Addu.
“I’ve never seen a jet flying so low over our island before. 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,” said an eyewitness.
“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.”
Mohamed Zaheem, an Island Councilor, told Haveeru that the residents of the island had spoken to him about the incident.
The Maldives international airport is located on the island of Hulhule and more than there are more than two dozen regularly scheduled flights from most of the world’s major airlines to the popular holiday destination.
Malaysian newspaper Berita Harian reported yesterday that investigators have found five airport runways, which included the Male International Airport in the Maldives, and Diego Garcia (an American military base with long runways), loaded in MH370 pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s homemade flight simulator.