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Don’t use Google Maps to find MH370, says Google

Map locating the area where debris has been spotted by Chinese satellites in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. – AFP pic, March 13, 2014.Map locating the area where debris has been spotted by Chinese satellites in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. – AFP pic, March 13, 2014.Internet search engine Google has warned armchair detectives around the world against using Google Maps to find Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The Daily Mirror reported that Google had been forced into issuing a statement after several people claimed that they had spotted MH370 on satellite images available on the site.

Malaysian English-language newspaper, The Star was inundated with calls from people who insisted they had spotted what could be the jetliner on satellite images.

The Star reported that pointing out various images on Google Maps which clearly show images of an airplane, many people believed it was MH370.

One person was convinced that MH370 had landed on the Vietnamese island of Cu Ma Thien Lanh.

Another person claimed that MH370 was close to the Kenyir Dam in Terengganu.

In a statement, the Daily Mirror reported Google as saying: "Yes, the images may be there."

"But it is not real time satellite images as the images may have been provided to us several weeks or months ago," Google cautioned in a statement.

On Saturday at 1.20am, the Boeing 777-200 carrying 12 crew members and 227 passengers dropped off the radar.

It veered off over the South China Sea and headed west for the next hour and 10 minutes, travelling over Malaysia and Thailand.

Its last tracked position on radar recorded the flight about 200 miles off-course over the Malacca Strait, near the island of Pulau Perak.

At least 12 countries, including Vietnam and China, are taking part in the search, which involves 40 ships and 34 aircraft. – March 13, 2014.

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