KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 — The Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) said it did not observe Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on radar, following reports that some residents saw a low-flying “jumbo jet” the same day the plane went missing.
In a statement posted on the website of the country’s foreign affairs ministry, it said that its military radars did not register any unauthorised intrusion into its airspace.
“Furthermore, no trace of the MH 70 Airline (sic) has been found from the data scrutinized thus far from radars stationed at the airports in the Maldives,” it said in the statement.
Yesterday, the island’s police said they were investigating a report on the Haveeru news website that local residents had spotted a large plane flying over the remote southern island of Kuda Huvadhoo on March 8.
“The police are looking into the reports in the media saying that a low-flying airplane was sighted above Kuda Huvadhoo,” the statement said.
Twenty six countries are searching for the MAS plane with 239 people onboard along two arcs, one stretching Thailand to the borders Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan border, and another from Indonesia to the south Indian Ocean.
Maldives is not located at either corridor.