Plane wreckage found on the coastline of Sugbay Island (Tawi Tawi province) could be linked to the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370.
Human bones and hope
The wreckage debris contains human bones, and was accidentally discovered by birdwatchers, Malaysian daily The Star reported. The article cited an unverified report filed to Sandakan police, and said: “They [the birdwatchers] managed to get near the wreckage where they found human bones. They also found skeletal remains in the pilot’s chair with the seat belt fastened.” Malaysia’s Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has told the media that he is liaising with Filipino authorities, and also stated that this claim needs to be confirmed.
“We need to verify it first”
“We don’t know if the report is true, so we need to verify it first. Let’s not speculate and give space to the DCA to conduct its investigation.” 46 year old audio visual assistant Jamil Omar has submitted this report to police authorities, Free Malaysia said. 46 year old audio visual assistant Jamil Omar has submitted this report to police authorities, Free Malaysia said. Omar claims that his nephew and a group of friends found the wreckage, and told his aunt. who in turn confirmed this to him.
In the report, the birdwatchers mention entering the plane’s fuselage, and spoke of alleged human remains. “There was a skeleton still in the pilot’s seat. The pilot had his safety belt on and the communication gear attached to his head and ears” A few media outletsclaim that a fabic Malaysia flag (70 x 35 inches) was taken from the plane. However, conflicting reports mention that the plane body itself had visible Malaysia Airlines colours visible.
Why was this report delayed for a month?
Omar explained to Astro Awani: “The residents on the island hunt birds for food and build their houses on the water. They don’t watch television and as such they have no knowledge of the outside world. She [the aunt] was shocked to learn the item that was removed from the aircraft wreckage… was the Malaysian flag.”
No such crash?
A senior Philippine National Police official at the regional headquarters for the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said there was no report of an aircraft crashing into any island there. Magindanao-based Regional Chief Directorial Staff Senior Supt Rodoleo Jocson, whose jurisdiction included the southernmost Tawi Tawi province, said he was puzzled by such claims.
About MH370, the most puzzling aviation mystery of our generation
On March 8, 2014 the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12.41 am local time. Bound for Beijing, it was carrying 12 crew members and 227 passengers and disappeared an hour later in the Indian Ocean after taking off from Kuala Lampur.
Since then, there have been various theories on its disappearance and according to CIA chief, John Brennan, “No theory can be discounted.” Aviation experts are still clueless about the world’s greatest aviation mystery.
The disappearance turned into one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history, sparking a colossal hunt in the Indian Ocean based on satellite data suggesting MH370’s possible path — to no avail. Recently a part of an aircraft door was found washed ashore in Reunion island which was identified as belonging to MH370.
(Inputs from PTI)