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Flight 370 Sighting In Maldives? Malaysia Plane Pilots Could Have Tried To Land In The Maldives When Plane Erupted With Fire

Travelers Today       By    Althea Serad

Updated: Mar 19, 2014 03:30 PM EDT

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Flight 370 Sighting In Maldives? Malaysia Plane Pilots Could Have Tried To Land In The Maldives When Plane Erupted With Fire

 

 

Flight 370, the missing Malaysia plane may just be found after all. After 11 days of the world tirelessly searching for the Flight 370 Malaysia plane, there's a big chance the plane might be found in Maldives. There have been many reports of 'sightings' of Flight 370, and with the passengers' relatives cries for help, nothing can be ruled out.

According to new reports, Maldives residents allegedly saw a 'low-flying jumbo jet' on March 18. The latest theory was that the Malaysia plane experienced flames ripping through its cockpit. This could have in turn forced the pilots of Flight 370 to make an emergency landing near or within the south Asian islands.

Veteran Canadian pilot Chris Goodfellow held claim on March 18 that a cockpit fire could have erupted on the Malaysia plane. This would have forced the two pilots of Flight 370 to attempt emergency landing in the Maldives.

The Malaysia plane's two pilots were Zaharie Ahmed Shah and Fariq Abdul Hamid, and while many are criticizing the ability of the two, Goodfellow veered away from the world's opinion and actually praised them in a Google Plus post. The post unexpectedly went viral and was even republished on Wired. The 20-year experienced pilot was adamant on his claim in the Google post that the only rational explanation for Flight 370 is that the Malaysia plane caught fire inside and so the pilots got sidetracked and eventually lost contact with the air traffic controllers.

The nearest airport was a 13,000-ft. strip called Palau Langkawi on the west coast of Malaysia, and Goodfellow says that the pilots of the Malaysia plane Flight 370 possibly tried an emergency landing there. He added that the reason why the plane wasn't able to land was because of all the smoke. "We old pilots were always drilled to know the closest airport of safe harbor while in cruise. Instinctively when I saw that left turn with a direct heading I knew he was heading for an airport.", Chris wrote.

His theory for why the fire broke out was that the lithium batteries on board ignited the flames, or probably one of the plane's tires overheated during takeoff and burned slowly while making its way to the cockpit of the Malaysia plane.

Flight 370's crashing in the Maldives is supported by eyewitnesses' accounts of Maldives residents seeing a 'low-flying jumbo jet' on the morning of March 8, the day of the Malaysia plane's disappearance. According to Maldives newspaper Haveeru Daily, Maldives residents saw a white plane with red stripes, same color as Malaysia Airlines' planes, near the island. They added that the plane was making an extremely loud noise while flying over the island at around 6:15 a.m. on that day. This is a positive improvement in the search for the missing plane.

Flight 370's sighting in the Maldives has a negative note however. There is a chance that none of the passengers could have survived from the plane crash. Everyone is with the passengers' relatives in hopes and prayers that their loved ones have survived.

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