Missing Malaysian Airline flight MH370 sighted flying low over the Maldives?

Ten days after the Malaysian Airline flight MH370 went missing, the most prominent newspaper of the Maldives, Haveeru has reported in its website, that several islanders of Kudahuvadhoo island in Dhaalu Atoll, has spotted a low flying jet over their island at about 6:15 in the morning of the very day the plane was reported missing.

Artist impression of MH370 over Maldives
Artist impression of MH370 over Maldives

According to Haveeru, eyewitnesses report that they have never seen such a huge plane flying so low and were able to even see the windows of the plane clearly and that the white body of the plane is marked with red stripes, which is consistent with the colors of the Malaysian Airline. Some of the island dwellers reportedly, came out of their houses due to the loud noise as the plane flew overhead as per the witnesses in a North to South direction over the island. The residents claimed the plane was flying towards the southern tip of the Maldives, the Addu Atoll.

Satellite data suggests that the last “ping” was received somewhere close to the Maldives and Diego Garcia, the US naval base. Local Maldivian aviation experts have told Haveeru that it is “likely” for MH370 to have flown over the Maldives. However, the possibility of any aircraft flying over the island at the reported time is extremely low.

This sighting appears to fit in with the theory proposed by an experienced pilot Chris Goodfellow, whose blog earlier in the week has gained much online support.”The reported sighting over the Maldives coincides with the timeline well,” Mr Goodfellow said in an updated post. “The aircraft is probably a small distance west of Maldives.’’

The news came as it emerged that investigators have discovered the runways of five airports near the Indian Ocean loaded into Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s home-made flight simulator, among which those of Male in the Maldives, that of the US owned base at Diego Garcia, as well as other runways in India and Sri Lanka – all notable runways as all are possible landing spots based on the flight’s potential trajectories.

The UK’s Telegraph spoke to the air transport editor at Flight Global, David Kaminski Morrow, who said he feels timing is of the essence to establish if the Maldives sighting is true.While Morrow has not vouched for the credibility of the sighting, he told the Telegraph that along with the timing aspect the fuel, the quantity of which has not been revealed by Malaysia Airlines, would also be vital to establish if the plane could have made it that far.

According to Haveeru, The Maldives police on Tuesday announced an investigation into reports that residents of the Maldives island of Kuda Huvadhoo in Dhaal Atoll have seen a “low flying jumbo jet” on the morning of the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The police did not reveal any details. The Maldives is not amongst the countries that Malaysian authorities had sought help from in its search for the missing jet

The World’s First Underwater Resort-based Art Exhibition

Per AQUUM Resorts, Retreats & Residences invites travelers to experience its 2014 Dream Calendar Show of Andreas Franke’s Photography, the world’s first underwater resort-based art exhibition.

Plunge into the strange, surreal and mysterious world of award-winning visual artist Andreas Franke and experience his photographic Phantasy Fairytale underwater art exhibition at PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi and PER AQUUM Niyama in the Maldives. The exhibition can be viewed from now until the end of May 2014 and is part of the Per AQUUM Dream Calendar of events. Each photographic piece has been submerged in the Indian Ocean and can be seen from inside the underwater music club Subsix at NIYAMA and inside the underwater LIME spa at Huvafen Fushi. Guests can also purchase the art and take a piece of the Indian Ocean home with them.

The exhibition magically combines photography, nautical exploration and digital mastery to produce compelling underwater dream worlds where Western fairytale characters are creatively superimposed against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean. Each photographic art piece evokes a feeling of folklore and magic with Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and Star Money exhibiting at both NIYAMA and Huvafen Fushi, while the Snow Queen features exclusively at NIYAMA and The Last Unicorn features exclusively at Huvafen Fushi.

Submerged in an underwater exhibition, each piece is sealed with Plexiglas in stainless steel frames and blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy, with saltwater and algae adding the final artistic touches. The size of each piece at NIYAMA is 150 cm x 110 cm with a selling price of US$15,000 each, while at Huvafen Fushi the size of each piece is 110 cm x 73.5 cm with a selling price of US$12,000 each. Same size reprints can also be purchased with prices starting from US$4,800 per piece. A percentage of proceeds from purchases will be donated to Per AQUUM’s Coral Regeneration Program.

Committed to breaking boundaries, this Per AQUUM and Andreas Franke collaboration spins the typical photographic art exhibition on its head giving the world an imaginative interpretation of underwater life.

Sink into the Phantasy Fairytale four night package at Huvafen Fushi and view this exclusive underwater exhibition from inside LIME Spa whilst enjoying a manicure or pedicure. Explore each suspended underwater piece in its true watery environment as the underwater resort space adds yet another layer of intrigue. Come back at night and view them in a different light during SpaQuarium with the marine biologist, then complete your four night stay by adopting a coral. Combine with the Phantasy Fairytale four night package at NIYAMA and receive complimentary combined airport speedboat transfers to Huvafen Fushi.

At NIYAMA, dance the night away as each Phantasy Fairytale character draws you into an enchanting, atmospheric tale of magic, mystery and make-believe. View the exhibition from inside underwater music club Subsix with a bottle of champagne and canapés. Spend a morning with the marine biologist learning about the beautiful ecosystem of the Indian Ocean then put your knowledge to the test with a snorkelling trip to a deserted castaway island nearby.

The four-night Phantasy Fairytale package at Huvafen Fushi starts from USD1157+++ per room per night based on two people sharing a Beach Bungalow with plunge Pool. To book please email reservations(at)huvafenfushi(dot)com call, +960 66 44 222 or visit //huvafenfushi.peraquum.com/promotions/Phantasy-Fairytale-Come-True/.

The four night Phantasy Fairytale package at NIYAMA starts from USD883+++ per room per night based on two people sharing a Beach Studio. To book please email reservations(at)niyama(dot)com, call +960 67 62 828 visit //niyama.peraquum.com/promotions/Phantasy-Fairytale-Come-True.