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Diego Garcia - Airstrip In The Middle Of Nowhere

An aerial view of Diego Garcia atoll. /Google ImagesAn aerial view of Diego Garcia atoll. /Google Images

THERE is a new twist in the missing MH370 saga, theories of what could have happened to the aircraft and the search area which now spans 2.24 million square miles.

It was believed that the flight was seen flying at a very low altitude over the Maldives Islands at 6.15am on the morning of March 8. This story somehow confirms that it was last seen flying in a south-eastern direction, towards a mysterious island in the Indian Ocean known as Diego Garcia.

It was reported in local newspapers that the little island was amongst the landing strips found in Captain Zaharie's personal flight simulator. The captain was the pilot of MH370.

Diego Garcia's location on the map. /Google ImagesDiego Garcia's location on the map. /Google ImagesDiego Garcia is a footprint-shaped coral atoll (a ring-shaped reef, island, or chain of islands formed of coral) located south of the equator in the central Indian Ocean.

Named after a Portuguese navigator, the atoll is part of the British Indian Ocean Territory and was leased to the United States and later developed as a joint U.S.-British naval base.

It is now home to a US Navy support facility, fully equipped with a landing strip that is 3.7km (12,000-foot-long).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main runway approach at Diego Garcia./Google ImagesMain runway approach at Diego Garcia./Google Images

THE "AIRFIELD" IN 2005. Camp Justice is the Tent City in the foreground./Google ImagesTHE "AIRFIELD" IN 2005. Camp Justice is the Tent City in the foreground./Google Images

File pic of USS Saratoga at Diego Garcia. /Google ImagesFile pic of USS Saratoga at Diego Garcia. /Google Images

Diego Garcia SSGN Support Area./osimint.comDiego Garcia SSGN Support Area./osimint.com

B-1B Lancer bombers on Diego Garcia in November 2001 during the Afghanistan bombing campaign. /WikipediaB-1B Lancer bombers on Diego Garcia in November 2001 during the Afghanistan bombing campaign. /Wikipedia

This 1982 photo shows an unpaved road made of crushed coral common throughout the island and the officers dining area at the Diego Garcia Naval Support Facility./WikipediaThis 1982 photo shows an unpaved road made of crushed coral common throughout the island and the officers dining area at the Diego Garcia Naval Support Facility./Wikipedia

Coconut Plantation, East Point (former main settlement)./WikipediaCoconut Plantation, East Point (former main settlement)./Wikipedia

Scenic view of Barachois Maurice, Diego Garcia./WikipediaScenic view of Barachois Maurice, Diego Garcia./Wikipedia

 

 

 

-mD