Google Maps seemed to have taken a photo of a plane completely submerged in the sea.
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Father-of-three, Robert Morton, 55, spotted the mysterious sight off the coast of Edinburgh, near Portobello on Google Earth.
He said he came across the bizarre photo by chance when looking at Google Earth.
The strange image shows the perfect outline of an aircraft through the dark blue water.
It appears to be intact and does not seem to have suffered a bad crash – so how did it get there?
“It’s very, very strange. It’s incredible,” Robert told Mirror Online,
“I have never actually seen an aircraft on Google Earth so it is very strange. It appears to be underwater.”
The “submerged” plane is roughly nine miles from Edinburgh Airport.
However, there is likely a more rational explanation for the presence of the aircraft.
Robert has his own theory as he’d never heard of a plane crash in that region.
He believes the sighting in Scotland is, in fact, a “Google anomaly.”
Robert reckons the plane is, in fact, up in the sky, but the satellite is looking down on it through thin cloud which gives it the appearance of being in the water.
A Google spokesman confirmed the aircraft was not in the water but flying, as normal, in the sky.
He told Express.co.uk: “The reason it looks like the plane is underwater is because each satellite image you see on the map is actually a compilation of several images.
“Fast-moving objects, like planes, often show up in only 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.
Earlier this year a man claimed he’d spotted the missing flight MH370 on Google Earth.
Video producer Ian Wilson claimed he spotted the remains of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane deep in the Cambodian jungle.
Images from Google Maps show a mysterious dark object lying among a huge swathe of green that is the jungle.
Wilson told the Daily Star: “Measuring the Google sighting, you’re looking at around 69 metres, but there looks to be a gap between the tail and the back of the plane.
“It’s just slightly bigger, but there’s a gap that would probably account for that.”
The gap Wilson has spotted could be where the tail and body fractured upon landing, he claims.
He has said the plane is at ground level due to the fact that Google Earth provides the option to “escape ground view” when near the plane.