A U.S. official in Kuala Lumpur has refuted speculation that the missing Malaysia Flight 370 may have landed in a military base at Diego Garcia, which is located in the Indian Ocean.
The embassy spokesman told Malaysia’s Star Online in an email that the plane flew nowhere near the Maldives.
“There was no indication that MH370 flew anywhere near the Maldives or Diego Garcia. MH370 did not land in Diego Garcia. Under the coordinating efforts of Malaysia and Australia, the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet is working alongside 26 other nations to locate the aircraft based on areas identified by Malaysian and international experts.”
The military base at Diego Garcia is over 2000 miles from Malaysia, and nowhere near the vicinity where the plane is believed to have disappeared in March.
In the weeks since the plane’s disappearance, conspiracy theorists have claimed the plane was hijacked and taken to a variety of locations such as Diego Garcia or Afghanistan.