An increasing number of eyewitness sightings are being shared with the public as the search for Flight MH370 approaches the end of a second unsuccessful week.
Fishermen claim to have seen the Boeing 777 flying abnormally low and then crash into the waters of the Strait of Malacca.
A fisherman named Hendra told this to state news agency Antara while adding, “We could not go to the location where the aircraft was lost due to large waves, and the boat did not have enough fuel.”
He and other fisherman say they were out in the waters between the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra on March 8th in the early morning hours.
Their statements are still being investigated by Indonesian authorities.
Meanwhile, residents of the remote Kuda Huvadhoo, located in the Maldive Islands, say that they saw a jumbo jet flying overhead at about 6:15 am local time on the same day. They described the plane as low and very loud.
#MH370: Indonesian fishermen of Aceh now reports they saw "white aircraft" crashed into sea that night, but report deemed weak & dismissed.
— Gerry Soejatman (@GerryS) March 17, 2014
One alleged eyewitness described the sighting in the following way:
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.
‘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.
In addition to describing the aircraft as a “jumbo jet”, residents described it as white with red stripes across it. It is a description that matches that of the missing Boeing jetliner.
Despite there being some evidence to validate a possible sighting in the Maldives, authorities are saying otherwise:
Plane sighting reported from Maldives is not true, Malaysian transport minister says at missing jet news conference – live video
— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) March 19, 2014
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