FACT CHECK: Has Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 which disappeared 9 years ago been found?

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CLAIM: A Twitter user shared the picture of a wrecked aeroplane underwater, with a claim that the plane is a Malaysian aeroplane which disappeared nine years ago.

VERDICT:false!

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370/MAS370) was an international passenger flight operated by Malaysia Airlines that disappeared on 8 March 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia to its planned destination, Beijing Capital International Airport in China.

No one knows what happened to the plane. It simply disappeared from radar, and never reached its destination.

A Twitter user, on Tuesday, claimed that it had been found under ocean. The tweet reads: “Malaysian airplane MH370 that disappeared 9 years ago has been found under ocean with no human skeleton. The plane had 239 passengers on board.”

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VERIFICATION

Ripples Nigeria found that the picture shared is not that of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which is still missing. Instead, it is a picture of an abandoned plane that was deliberately sunk for the use of a reef for divers. The picture was posted on the Instagram page of the Deep Blue Dive Center, a scuba diving company in Aqaba, Jordan. Its caption reads: “Tristar Airplane Wreck”

According to the tourist page of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) in Jordan, the TriStar plane had been out of service for several years. ASEZA recently purchased and sank it to make it a destination for divers in the red sea.

CONCLUSION

The claim that the missing Malaysian flight MH370 had been found is false.

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