Update: Increasing Suspicions of Deigo Garcia as MH370 Destination

When I wrote the original article, Where Malaysia Flight MH370 may have gone, and why in the evening of Monday March 17th, there was no mention of Diego Garcia in relation to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, except for a report that the plane’s pilot had flight simulator software at home, with many of the airports around the Indian Ocean and Asia, including the runway of the US base at Diego Garcia.  That was not of great significance to me at the time, given that I would imagine many commercial pilots would have flight simulator software at home, installed with most of the airports near home and within flight range of home.  So this did not stand out, not nearly as much as the other factors I mentioned in that article.

The Malaysian Insider reported the on the software, with a few specifics left out from many mainstream articles:

“Among the software we checked so far is the Male International Airport in Maldives, three airports in India and Sri Lanka, and one belonging to the US military base in Diego Garcia. All have a runway length of 1,000 metres,” a source told the Malay daily.

The article is interesting in that it notes a specific denial by US authorities:

The US previously rejected claims that the plane could have landed at their base on the atoll in the central Indian Ocean, which is part of the British Indian Ocean Territory.

However, the attention on the flight simulator software and the airports involved did give the mainstream media one more thing to discuss in the never-ending drone of in-depth continuous reporting. And in attempting to gather up and reporting anything of any possible significance at all, some very significant bits of information were brought forth.

In particular, this quote from an article in the Daily Mail Online:

The investigation into the Diego Garcia, an overseas territory of the UK, which is rented to the US and is now a huge American naval base follows fresh eyewitness accounts of a ‘low flying jumbo jet’ being spotted in the Maldives.

The Maldives is a chain of islands south of the southern tip of India, roughly halfway between India and Diego Garcia.

Plane spotted over Kuda Huvadhoo, Maldives

Plane spotted over Kuda Huvadhoo, Maldives

People on the island of Kuda Huvadhoo reported seeing a plane on the morning of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, according to a Haveeru, a news website in the Maldives.

The report also indicates the low-flying plane was traveling “in a north to south-east” route, towards Addu:

Islanders said a white aircraft with red stripes across it – which would match the missing plane – was seen travelling North to South-East towards Addu, the southern tip of the Maldives.

There are three runways in the area south of India that are capable of supporting a landing by MH370:

In addition to a south-eastern course, witnesses described a very low altitude flight:

An eyewitness told the website: ‘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.

‘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.’

On a north-to-south route, the island of Kuda Huvadhoo where the low-flying plane was sighted, would have been well beyond Malé, about half-way to Diego Garcia, but this report of the south-eastern flight direction, and the low altitude, could indicate an approach for landing at the Gan Airport at Addu.  However other reports indicate the plane was flying at a low altitude long before it reached the Maldives.  If this plane was in fact MH370, it is more likely to be a continued attempt to remain below radar.

To me, this is further evidence that the reports of the two exit routes, wide arcs maintaining a great distance away from Diego Garcia, may be government misdirection, as I indicated in my earlier article.  (I also have a fairly specific theory of motive that I will publish in a new separate article.)

Under different circumstances, I might be tempted to conclude this article with “time will tell”, but if there is intentional withholding of information by one or more governments, or even intentional misinformation and misdirection on the part of authorities, we may never know what actually happened.

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