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Maldives Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Sighting? Low Flying Jet Spotted By Islanders

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Maldives islanders now say that they saw what they think was Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 zooming over their rooftops on the same morning that the now-missing Boeing 777-200 vanished. The small island nation, officially known as the Republic of Maldives, is located in the Indian Ocean nearly 2,000 miles from Kuala Lumpur, placing it near the outer limits of where investigators believe the plane could have flown.

Residents of an island called Kuda Huvadhoo in the Maldives archipelago say that they saw what they described as a “low flying jumbo jet” making an extremely loud noise at about 6:15 am on March 8.

The jet was white with red stripes, according to the Maldives island dwellers, a description that would match the colors of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

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“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,” one Maldives resident told the country’s newspaper, Haveeru. “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.”

There are currently 26 countries involved in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, but the Republic of Maldives is not among them, which may explain why reports of the purported sightings there have not surfaced until now, 11 days after the plane mysteriously vanished.

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Investigators believe that the Malaysia Airlines plane was deliberately flown off of its course, and that its communications systems were shut down by someone on board, to purposefully render the jumbo jet invisible to ground trackers.

But if indeed the plane was flying at such an abnormally low altitude thousands of miles from its Beijing destination, that could also support the theory held by some pilots that the the plane was not, in effect, stolen. Instead, the pilots were desperately and heroically battling to save the plane after some sort of terrible on-board catastrophe — possibly a fire started in the cargo hold.

Under the theory of a fire on board, the pilots would have been nearly blinded and incapacitated by smoke, causing them to veer way off course and lose sight of the plane’s altitude.

If that theory is correct, it could account for the reported low-flying jumbo jet over Maldives. But it would also raise the question, where did the plane go next?

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One Response to “Maldives Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Sighting? Low Flying Jet Spotted By Islanders”

  1. William Noack

    Stupid, simply stupid. IF they could not see due to a fire, how would they manage to fly so close to the Maldives, which are a tiny speck on the Indian Ocean — out of all other places?
    Nonsense.
    They were probably either looking for a place to land or intentionally misleading people as to their intended destination, flying low in order to be surely seen & noticed and noticed as to their direction (to throw off the authorities, perhaps). After all, the Maldives is in a direct route towards Somalia & Yemen, AL Quaida hangouts. The last radar ping thought to be the missing jet found it was heading West. Why then SE over the Maldives? Intentional misdirection or looking to land or ditch the plane, (but didn't).

    They probably feared not making it to Somalia. Upper level tailwinds might have helped them get to Somalia or Yemen, and maybe they planned for that; but, if those winds slowed, the lack of that extra push could have made them doubt whether they could make it that far.
    OR, if a mere redirection-attempt,….after crossing the Maldives, the jet may have then turned West, once more toward a planned destination. After all, why waste fuel for nothing? They didn't. They headed due West, straight at the Maldives (a landmark for flying) enroute West, maybe, but only changed course for a short while to throw off authorities before continuing on West (the only landing place within reach by then, unless headed for Iran, Pakistan or Afghanistan …MAYBE). Somalia or Yemen (or NE Africa elsewhere) would be likely goals and within the range with a tailwind and the stated 6-7 hours of flying time. Jets cruise at about 550 mph.