An IT analyst, Anoop Madhav Yeggina, at least for a few moments, seemed to have taken the scores of countries involved in searching the Malaysian airliner MH370 by storm when he uploaded a satellite image of the Boeing 777 on the CNN website along with a write-up.
Read Yeggina’s report
The CNN website did not verify the report but that did not prevent the online crowd from reading it as the article garnered more than 20,000 hits and 800-plus shares.
Yeggina wrote, "From the image, you can see that this is a heavily forested area. You can actually see that the plane is flying very close to the ground, as the clouds appear to be way higher than where the aircraft is flying (The image appeares ghosted because of the speed of the flying plane). This could be a way of avoiding detection by ground based Primary Radar. Since the plane's Transponders were turned off, Secondary Radar cannot detect it either. I believe the plane might be headed further north from that point onwards."
But the company that provided the image soon debunked Yeggina’s theory saying that the so-called sighting of the plane was based on old data.
While one Mick West, calling himself a debunker and sceptic posted, "Debunked: #MH370 Image of plane over Andaman Islands on Mapbox Map. https://www.metabunk.org/threads/mh370-debunked-image-of-plane-over-andaman-islands-on-mapbox-map.3304/ … pic.twitter.com/DznCRBarTT"
This was reiterated by Mapbox chief scientist Bruno Sanches on Twitter.
"@MickWest That is correct. That plane belong to our baseman. The map shows fresh *footprints*. Fresh *data* here: https://www.mapbox.com/labs/blackbridge/flight-mh370/ …"