The cooling embers that are the mystery of the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 have been stoked back into a blaze by a report that a plane wreckage painted with the Malaysian flag and containing many human skeletons has been found in the Philippine islands. police confirmed that they had received reports of the discovery in the jungles of the Sugbai island in Tawi-Tawi province.
Jamil Omar, an audio technician, made contact with the police in Malaysia to report that his aunt Siti Kayam had come across the wreckage while hunting for birds with her peers. She claimed that she had entered the wrecked aircraft and found human skeletons including one in the pilot’s seat with safety belt and communications gear still on. Borneo based police commissioner Jalaludin Abdul Rahman said that the aunt also found a Malaysian flag with dimensions of 70 inches by 35 inches.
The discovery of this aircraft wreckage as reported by MailOnline has sparked more speculation that it could belong to the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 plane that disappeared with 239 people aboard in March 2014. Police however remain skeptical about this citing a flaperon that was confirmed by French authorities as belonging to the lost airplane. The flaperon, which is a section of the aircraft wing, was discovered earlier this year in the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean.
This therefore renders unlikely the theory that the flaperon was able to drift from the Philippines to the Indian Ocean since its progress would have been hindered by the presence of the land masses – Borneo, the Malaysian mainland and parts of Indonesia – that are in the way. Police have however not dismissed the notion that the flaperon could have broken off from the aircraft just after take off from Kuala Lumpur on its Beijing bound flight. This would then have caused the pilots trouble in handling the plane.
Making the waters of the mystery murkier is the fact that oil rig worker Mike McKay stands by his observation that he did see a plane on fire as he stood at night on his rig off the tip of South Vietnam.
Experts can only hazard guesses; saying that for Flight MH370 to have found itself on the remote Philippine island of Sugbai, it must have veered from its Northeast course for Beijing and instead headed due East whereupon catastrophic disaster, an explosion, a fire or even a hijacking would have seen it bounce around the skies.
There has been cooperation between authorities from Australia, Malaysia and China that has included sharing information from satellite signals culminating in an intensive search of the waters southwest of australia that make up the southern Indian Ocean. The high tech scouring of the waters as well as the ocean floor has amounted to zilch save for the flaperon discovered earlier in the year.
It is not yet known whether the newly discovered wreckage will finally clear up and put to bed the mystery of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. The identity of Jamil Omar was confirmed by authorities in a bid to avert the possibility of the report being a hoax.
A naval task force under the command of Captain Giovanni Bacordo went to the island on gunboat but could not add any new information since initial checks with the villagers on the island failed to confirm the report.
“We interviewed the people at the Sugbai Island – the fishermen – but they have no knowledge of it,” said Captain Bacordo. He further added that if they were to check thoroughly it had to be a deliberate effort seeing as it is a big island that measures 3.5 miles in length.
Further investigations are to include the audio technician and his aunt since they claim to have first hand knowledge of the location of the wreckage.