It’s been over a year since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared, probably crashing into the Indian Ocean. Oddly, although a search team continues to look for the downed plane off the west coast of Australia, there has been no success finding it. Now, inhabitants of a small island in the Maldives claim they saw a very low flying plane on March 8, 2014, the day it disappeared.
The Daily Mail reports,
Locals from the island of Kudahuvadhoo, located in the southern area of the Dhaalu Atoll in the Maldives, reported witnessing ‘a low-flying jumbo jet’ on the morning of March 8 last year, when the flight disappeared while travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.
Villagers from the community of 3500 claim that many on the island saw the passenger plane, and were interviewed by police and testified with signed statements to what they witnessed.
‘I’m very sure of what I saw on a very clear and bright day, and what I saw was not normal- the plane was very big, and low. I did not know until later that other people saw it too. I don’t know if it’s the Malaysia plane’, said Ahmed Shiyaam, 34, an IT manager.
Abdu Rasheed Ibrahim said he saw the plane flying towards him over the water, and did not know at the time that it could be the missing Malaysian Airlines flight.
The Maldvies National Defence Force released a statement in March last year which denied that there had been any aircrafts in the area at the time of the disappearance, which locals have branded as an attempt to hide the limitations of their radar facilities.
A local media outlet reported that witnesses claimed the plane was travelling north to southeast, and that the plane was travelling so low it’s doors could be seen.
‘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,’ an eyewitness told the website.
‘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.’
So far, the search has not included this area near the Maldives. Perhaps the authorities need to listen up to this small island community instead of relying primarily upon sophisticated satellite technology. After over a year of searching, this could be one of those few times that technology gets it wrong.