Possible crashed plane in Australian rainforest seen on Google Maps
Google Maps Apparently Captured A Crashed Plane In An Australian Rainforest – Or Did It?
One eagle-eyed user noticed what appeared to be a fully intact aircraft lying in a clearing in the Cardwell Range, located about 155 miles south of Port Douglas on the Queensland coast.
The image may also have captured the aircraft, which the Daily Mail said appears to be a standard Airbus A320 or Boeing 737, flying at a very low altitude giving the impression that it is on the ground.
But Australian security officials said it was likely just a bug in Google’s satellite software.
“There appears to be a phenomenon called ghosting and this could be it,” Australia’s civil aviation authority told the Cairns Post.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau added that it was not aware of any missing passenger planes.
In 2016 — after a crashed plane that never actually crashed was seen on Google Maps at the bottom of a Minneapolis lake — a Google spokesman said satellite imagery appearing on the site is a compilation of multiple images.
“Fast-moving objects like airplanes often only appear in one of the many images we use for a given area. When this happens, faint remnants of the fast-moving object can sometimes be seen,” said Susan Cadrecha.
Google has yet to confirm this is the case in Queensland.