- Published on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 15:33
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 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).