The Republic of the Maldives has now added to the mystery of missing Malaysian Flight 370. Residents of the Maldive Islands, an island nation in the Indian Ocean-Arabian Sea area approximately 400 miles off the southern tip of India, allegedly reported seeing a “low flying jumbo jet” soaring over the various small islands the morning of March 8.
According to ibtimes.com on Wednesday, residents of a remote island “spotted a plane at 6:15 a.m. local time on March 8 that could have been the missing Malaysia Airlines 370. Eyewitnesses cited by the paper said they saw ‘a jumbo jet,’ white with red stripes across it, flying low and very loudly. The description of a big airplane in those colors is consistent with the Malaysian Boeing 777.”
Police are investigating the claim made by multiple residents of the island of Kuda Huvadhoo in Dhaal Atoll, an area that is 2,000 miles due west from where the Boeing’s 777 transponder was switched off.
6:15 a.m. in the Maldives is 9:15 a.m. in Malaysia, so the sighting would have occurred seven hours and 45 minutes after the last radio contact, the now-famous "All right, goodnight" at 1:30 a.m. Malaysian time over the Gulf of Thailand. – International Business Times
The fate of the jet carrying 239 passengers and crew has left the whole world bewildered, as each day more clues, and more twists to the story, add to the mystery.
Aviation Security Command head Mohamed Ziyad repeated what Maldive residents reported to him – they confirmed seeing a white aircraft, with red stripes across it, which is what the Malaysia Airlines flights typically look like.
Eyewitnesses from the Kuda Huvadhoo concurred the plane was traveling North to South-East towards the Southern tip of the Maldives Addu.
They also noted the “incredibly loud noise the plane made” because it was flying so low, which is consistent with an aircraft that is attempting to avoid radar.
A total of 26 countries are now collaborating in the search for the missing jet.