Sensational news concerning the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 has emerged, with a report that aircraft wreckage with the Malaysian flag painted on the side and skeletal remains within has been found in the Philippines.
According to a bombshell report printed in London’s Daily Express newspaper, the wreckage is claimed to bear Malaysia Airlines livery. In the cockpit, skeletal remains are seated in the pilot’s chair with the seatbelt fastened.
A man and his nephew, said to be hunting for birds, were thunderstruck when they came across the wreckage in the dense jungles of Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines, the report said.
The uncle, who the Express named as Jamil Omar, an audio-visual technician in his 40s, said he discovered a human skeleton in the alleged Malaysian Airlines cockpit, before leaving the area with a piece of the plane as evidence.
He has now contacted police in Malaysia and investigations have begun.
Malaysian transport minister Liow Tiong Lai said: “I have told the DCA [Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation] to look into the report. We don’t know if the report is true, so we need to verify it first.”
A report on another British news website quotes Sabah police commissioner Jalaludin Abdul Rahman saying locals had entered the aircraft wreckage and encountered “many human skeletons and bones”.
If the wreckage is that of MH370, it raises the question of how one of the plane’s flaperons (a piece of wing) could have washed up on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, as it did in July 2015.
Some analysts suggest the flaperon may have broken off after take-off. A map of ocean currents, however, indicates that any debris from seas around the Philippines would be unlikely to end up on Reunion Island in the sort of timeframe that occurred.
French aviation investigators have established that the flaperon found on the Reunion Island beach definitely came from MH370. It’s the only piece of the doomed flight that has ever turned up, unless the mysterious wreckage and skeletons in Mindanao are found to be connected with the Malaysia Airlines B777.
Mindanao is a risky area, roamed by bands of fanatical Islamic separatists. Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) warns Australians not to travel to central and western Mindanao “due to the very high threat of kidnapping, terrorist attack, violent crime and violent clashes between armed groups”.
Written by Peter Needham