Eyewitnesses claim to have seen a low-flying jumbo jet “with red stripes” flying over their houses in the Maldives, local media reports.
The Maldivian daily newspaper Haveeru reports residents described a white aircraft with red markings similar to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 passing
overhead about 6.15am on March 8.
The claims, which have not been confirmed, follow reports of radar and satellite signals indicating the missing airliner had followed a track in that general direction.
The newspaper reports residents of Kuda Huvadhoo saying the unknown aircraft made an “incredibly loud noise” as it travelled South East towards the southern end of the Maldive island chain, the island of Addu.
“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.
“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.”
Mohamed Zaheem, the Island Councilor of , told Haveeru that the residents of the island had spoken to him about the incident.