TAWI-TAWI, PHILIPPINES — A month after French authorities found part of a wing for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Reunion Island, a boy is claiming he's found wreckage in the Philippines that may belong to the missing aircraft.
Flight MH370 was en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 passengers and crew on board when it disappeared over the Indian Ocean in March 2014. Free Malaysia Today reports the plane's wreckage may have been sighted in the Philippine island province of Tawi-Tawi after 46-year-old audio visual assistant Jamil Omar lodged a police report in Sandakan, Sabah. He told authorities the plane wreck was found by a teenaged relative.
The teenaged boy and his friends were reportedly hunting birds in Ubian Island early September when they reportedly came upon a plane wreck and found skeletal remains inside, including a pilot who was still strapped to his seat, with communication gear attached to his head and ears. They also found a 70-inch-long and 35-inch-wide Malaysian flag in the wreckage, and relayed their discovery to an aunt, Siti Kayam.
A lack of facilities on the island prevented the aunt from informing authorities earlier. She later traveled to Sabah on October 8 to relay the news to her nephew, Omar. Omar filed the police report on October 10, suggesting the wreck could belong to missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that the Philippine military has deployed a gunboat to the island, but no wreck has been found, and locals have no knowledge of any plane crashing in the area.