Among the influx of unrelated clues and bizarre theories regarding the missing Malaysian jet, another piece of the ongoing puzzle has been added to the pile.
Maldives eyewitnesses reportedly saw a “low flying jumbo jet” at around 6:15 a.m. on March 8, the day the Malaysian airliners disappeared, The Telegraph reported on Tuesday. It was also flying north to south-east, witnesses told The Haveeru news organization.
“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,” the witness said.
“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,” the witness added.
Flight MH370 went missing Sunday early morning. International research operations in South East Asia and the Indian Ocean have yet to trace the missing plane.
The Boeing 777 vanished from civilian air traffic control screens off Malaysia’s east coast less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on a scheduled flight to Beijing.
Investigators piecing together patchy data from military radar and satellites believe that someone turned off aircraft’s identifying transponder and ACARS system, which transmits maintenance data, and turned west, crossing the Malay Peninsula and following a commercial aviation route towards India.
What happened next is less certain. The plane may have flown for another six hours or more after dropping off Malaysian military radar about 200 miles northwest of Penang Island.
Suspicions of hijacking or sabotage were increased when officials said on Sunday that the last radio message from the plane – an informal “all right, good night” – was spoken after the system, known as “ACARS” was shut down.