Malaysia's acting transport minister, Hishammuddin Hussein (left), speaks during a news conference about Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on March 18, 2014. Malaysia's foreign minister, Anifah Aman, is also seen. Picture: Edgar Su

Colombo - A group of villagers on a remote island in the Maldives claimed they saw a low-flying aircraft similar to the Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing on March 8, reports from the capital Male said on Tuesday.

Villagers on the island of Kuda Huvadhoo, in the Dhaal atoll, were interviewed by the Maldivian media outlet Haveeruonline. They claimed they saw a “low-flying jumbo jet” at 6.15am (01h00 GMT) on that day.

“Our journalists have interviewed about eight villagers who say they spotted this flight,” a journalist attached to Haveeruonline told Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) from Male.

The villagers claimed to have seen a white aircraft with red stripes across it bearing a resemblance to the Malaysian Airlines logo, he said.

The journalist said the information has been conveyed to Maldivian officials, who are set to pass it on to parties looking for Flight MH370. - Sapa-dpa