According to new reports, witnesses in the tiny island of Maldives claim they spotted a "low-flying jumbo jet" more than seven hours after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 made its last contact with air traffic controllers. Reports from local media cite residents of Dhaalu Atoll, who indicated that they could see the red and white stripe that is painted on Malaysia Airlines aircraft.

However, Malaysia's defense minister said Wednesday they checked on the reports with Maldives defense officials, who confirmed that the sightings were "not true."

Here's more from The Telegraph report:

“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 witness.

“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 chances of another aircraft of that size flying over the island at the time were, according to Maldives sources, very low.

Though authorities are yet to confirm the sighting, the plane’s pilot, Captain Zaharie Shah, is believed to have practised landing at Male International Airport in the Maldives on a three-screen flight simulator at his home. The machine has been seized by police.

A report in a Malay language newspaper, Berita Harian, claimed Capt Zaharie also practised at three airports in India and Sri Lanka and a runway at the US military base on Diego Garcia.

Police would not confirm the details about the flight simulator.


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