Maldives residents have reported seeing a ''low-flying jumbo jet'' on the morning that the missing Malaysian Airlines plane vanished from civilian radar and lost contact with ground controllers.
The sightings from the small island nation in the Indian Ocean, about 700 kilometres south-west of Sri Lanka, offered some consistencies with the missing flight MH370.
The large plane was reported to be white with red stripes, which was consistent with the Malaysia Airlines fleet.
It was said to have made an incredibly loud noise as it flew over the the island of Kuda Huvadhoo at about 6.15am on March 8, according to Maldives newspaper Haveeru Daily.
"I've never seen a jet flying so low over our island before,'' one witness told the newspaper.
''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."
Mohamed Zaheem, the island councillor of Kuda Huvadhoo, told the newspaper that other residents had also spoken of the incident.
The residents claimed the plane was flying towards the southern tip of the Maldives, the Addu Atoll.
Investigators have not commented on the reported sighting in the Maldives.
Earlier today an Indian newspaper reported IT expert Anoop Madhav Yeggina had claimed to have found a satellite photo of MH370.
The image showed a plane, possibly a Boeing 777, over the Andaman Islands, India's strategic islands in the Bay of Bengal, the Hindu newspaper said.
Yeggina said the image appeared to show the plane flying extremely low.
''Most importantly, the standard scale measurement and colour of the missing plane matches with that of the plane in the image,'' Yeggina said.
Authorities were yet to comment on the picture, but others involved in the online search for the plane said the photo was not current and appeared to be based on old data.