Update: So what is this object then? The website Maldivesfinest.com appears to be trying to get answers from the Maldives National Defence Force, which reportedly took the object away for further investigation. Check out the updates here.
Original post (27 March 2014):
Haveeru Online, the leading news portal in the Maldives, reported two days ago that a mysterious object washed up in Baarah in Haa Alif Atoll.
The Maldives National Defence Force extracted the object and confirmed that it was not an explosive nor was it dangerous, according to another report yesterday. But it had not yet identified the object.
According to Haveeru, the object was at the MNDF Northern Area still undergoing inspection.
Yet another Haveeru report cited local aircraft engineers as saying the object was “very likely” a fire suppression device from an aircraft, though they could not give a conclusive answer without actually examining the object.
The news comes about a week after several residents of Kuda Huvadhoo in Dhaal Atoll claimed they had seen a “low flying jumbo jet” at around 6.15am on 8 March – which led to a local police probe. But the MNDF later said, “No indication of flight MH370 has been observed on any military radars in the country. Furthermore, the data of radars at Maldives airports have also been analysed and shows no indication of the said flight.” The Malaysian government also denied the sightings after contacting their Maldives counterparts.
Meanwhile, southwest of Perth, 122 objects have been spotted in the ocean, though it is unclear if the debris is related to MH370.