MH370: Maldives Islanders claim to have spotted ‘low-flying jet’

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane may have been spotted over the Maldive Islands, it has emerged

By Jonathan Pearlman, Kuala Lumpur

 Boeing 777-200ER Malaysia Airlines aircraft Photo: Gianluca Mantellini/ Athena

Boeing 777-200ER Malaysia Airlines aircraft Photo: Gianluca Mantellini/ Athena

(The Telegraph) The global hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight has shifted to a tiny island in the Maldives, where residents spotted a “low flying jumbo jet” hours after the aircraft disappeared.

Several witnesses in Dhaalu Atoll saw a plane heading south that bore the red stripe and white background of Malaysia Airlines planes.

The sightings, reported by a local news outlet, would have occurred more than seven hours after the plane, carrying 12 crew and 227 mainly Chinese passengers, lost contact with air traffic control and took its sudden westward turn during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in the early hours of Saturday March 8.

“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 witness. Read full story on The Telegraph …

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