Maldives MH 370: Police in Maldives are actively investigating the alleged sighting of MH 370 on March 8 by citizens of Kuda Huvadhoo in Dhaal Atoll. Although the Maldivian government issued a statement saying that the country's military and airport radars had not seen the flight, it is possible that the plane could have evaded radar detection by flying at low level, The International Business Times explained on March 18.
"We have opened an investigation to try to verify reports that some people saw a large plane flying low after the disappearance of the flight," said a police spokesman.
Some residents of the remote island in Maldives, Kuda Huvadhoo, claimed they saw a large aircraft that made lots of noise flying at low altitude at 6:15am (local time) on March 8, the same day the Boeing 777 went missing.
‘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 witness told HaveeruOnline.
‘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," he said.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 from Kuala Lumpur took off on the morning of March 8 and was scheduled to arrive in Beijing six hours later, but disappeared from radar 40 minutes after takeoff, in the early hours of Saturday to Sunday.
At least 26 countries are involved in the search after confirmation that flight MH370 disconnected communications and deliberately veered off course.
Collaborating countries in the search for flight MH 370 are Australia, Bangladesh, Burma (Myanmar), Brunei, China, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, United States, Philippines, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, UK, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
According to the latest collected satellite data, the plane is most likely in an area between Laos and the Caspian Sea, or south, between the Indonesian island of Sumatra and the southern Indian Ocean.
Updates on the alleged Maldives MH 370 sighting will be posted here as they are made available.