A perplexing picture of a plane apparently at the bottom of a Lake in the U.S. has finally been explained.
The mystery picture is on Google Maps and appears to show a crashed plane at the bottom of Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, USA.
The image divided the internet when it appeared online, with people wondering how a plane had got there as officials had no record of a plane crash in the area, and had no idea where this so-called plane wreck had come from, the Mirror reports.
Despite the amount of head-scratching from those in charge of the lake it turns out there’s a simple explanation to the modern day mystery, and thankfully it doesn’t involve a downed plane.
It’s all to do with the way Google produces its satellite maps.
What likely happened is the picture of the lake was taken just as a plane was flying over it. This merged the two objects and made it appear as if the plane was inside the lake, when in fact it was thousands of feet above it.
— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) February 23, 2016
A spokeswoman for Google maps, Susan Cadrecha, told The Minneapolis Star-Tribune: “In short, each satellite image you see on the map is actually a compilation of several images.”
I’m just glad the mystery’s been sorted, it’d have been a bit embarrassing if the airline had lost a plane without noticing…
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