Mystery of plane spotted at bottom of Minneapolis lake solved

A Google Maps spokeswoman has suggested there is a simple explanation to the conundrum

The mystery behind a ghostly image, seemingly showing a passenger plane “submerged” in a US lake on Google Maps, has been solved.

Pictures of a plane, which appeared to have sunk to the bottom of Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, puzzled authorities after they emerged on Google’s satellite map.

Officials appeared to have no record of a plane crash in the area and were unaware there was a wreck in the lake.

However, before the image began to spark mass conspiracy theories, a Google Maps spokeswoman suggested there was a simple explanation to the conundrum.

Due to the way Google’s satellite imagery is created it is most likely the picture of the lake was taken at the same time as a plane was flying over it, causing the two objects to merge.

Susan Cadrecha, a spokeswoman for Google maps, told The Minneapolis Star-Tribune: "In short, 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."

Lake Harriet is around five miles from Minneapolis-St Paul Airport, where more than 400,000 planes land and take off each year. It is also under the airport’s flight path making Google’s theory even more plausible.

Other Google satellite images also appear to show planes in mysterious locations.

An image of a passenger plane sitting in a New York playground has been spotted by Untapped Cities, and another image of a plane can been seen in the Atlantic Ocean near Long Beach, New York, according to Gawker.  

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