Maldives/Minivan News Day 11

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Kudahuvadhoo islanders spotted low-flying mystery aircraft in hours after MH370 disappearance

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing on Saturday, 8 March 2014.

On Tuesday, 18 March 2014 two news outlets in the Maldives - Minivan News and Haveeru Online - published articles detailing a sighting of an aircraft by residents of Kuda Huvadhoo in Dhaal Atoll on 8th March. The key components of the story are summarised below:-

  1. Date of sighting: Saturday, 8 March 2014
  2. Approximate time: 6:15 am (Haveeru Online); 6:30 am (Minivan News); between 6:15am and 8am (Minivan News)
  3. Location: Kuda Huvadhoo in Dhaal Atoll, Maldives
  4. Aircraft description:
    • low flying jumbo jet (Haveeru Online)
    • a white aircraft, with red stripes across it (Haveeru Online)
    • flying very low and it had a red straight line in the middle of it (Minivan News)
  5. Sound: loud noise (Minivan News); incredibly loud noise, tremendous noise (Haveeru Online)
  6. Aircraft flight direction: north-west to south-east (Minivan News); north to south-east (Haveeru Online)
  7. Altitude: Low - "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 eyewitness (haveeru Online)

These reports prompted "speculation that it could have been the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370" (Minivan News).