Around sunrise at 6:15 AM on March 8, 2014 (9:15 AM Malaysia time), several residents on the Maldives island of Huvadhoo reported seeing a very low-flying jumbo jet. The residents provided good detail and described the aircraft as white with red stripes, which is very similar to the colours of MH370. According to some residents, the plane was flying so low they could see the doors on the plane. The residents stated that they sometimes see small seaplanes around the island, but this was the first time they ever saw a jumbo jet. People were coming out of their houses to see what was causing the tremendous noise. The eyewitnesses say that the airplane was travelling in a south-east direction toward Addu, the last and most southern island in the Maldives.
There are several important facts and observations that need to be made at this point:
Huvadhoo residents would have been the first (the sighting happened around sunrise) and last to see the plane before it reached Diego Garcia, which is mainly south of Huvadhoo. Although there was one more Maldives island (Addu Island, about 50 miles straight south of Huvadhoo) before Diego Garcia, the plane was reportedly travelling in a south-east direction apparently in order to miss Addu Island.
If the plane was flying so low that some people could see the plane’s doors and it was very loud, then it was probably flying no more than 500 feet above sea level. At this flying height, the plane was flying low enough to avoid conventional radar.
The time the plane was spotted was about 8.5 hours from take-off and it had flown roughly 2,200 miles, averaging approximately 250 miles per hour. (From Kuala Lumpur to the original destination of Beijing was 2,700 miles.) Although the plane had more drag at the lower altitude and would have gotten worse fuel mileage, the much slower than normal speed would have compensated for the greater air resistance.
From the point where the plane was spotted, there was another 500 miles to Diego Garcia, or approximately two hours at its then current speed.
originally posted by: LrdRedhawk
They know exactly where that plane is. So... they can find a piece of dog mess from outer space, but they can't find a 300 foot long commercial airliner? BAA BAA BAA!!!
originally posted by: benrl
It all feels very "lost" to me.
There was that whole plot point that someone planted a crashed 747 in the ocean to be found, specifically to throw off the search for the real one.