Fake News: Malaysian Airplane MH30 That Went Missing in 2014 Has Not Been Found

Written by on May 8, 2023

Reports circulating on social media that the Malaysian Airplane MH30 that went missing in 2014 has been discovered under the sea are false.

The fake reports shared on Twitter claim that the plane was found under the ocean with no trace of human remains.

A reverse image search on photos shared online purporting to be of the MH30 plane found out that the plane photographed is an old Lockheed Martin L1011 Tristar airplane that was purposefully sunk in 2019 off the coast of Jordan to promote dive tourism and coral growth.

The Malaysia MH30 plane on the other hand went missing on March 8, 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia to Beijing Capital International Airport in China. The plane was carrying 227 passengers and had 12 crew members aboard.

The Boeing 777 reportedly went off the radar and apparently changed course before it disappeared.

Some reports suggest that the plane crashed into the Indian  Ocean after a few pieces of debris from a plane were recovered in 2015. Some other pieces of the plane have been said to be discovered in Tanzania, South Africa, Madagascar, and Mauritius. But not all of these were confirmed as parts of the MH 370.

The plane was searched for three years and the official search for the plane was called off in 2017.

This fact-check was produced by Sky 106.1 FM with support from Code for Africa’s PesaCheck, International Fact-Checking Network, and African Fact Checking Alliance network.

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