An update to the disappearance of Flight 370 has been made this week, and it involves fighter jets with one witness’ potentially important sighting that fateful March night over the Indian Ocean. While news of MH370 being found unfortunately cannot be determined from the woman’s account, the British sailor did say this week that she believes she spotted the Malaysia Airlines plane on fire while out at sea, as well as two other aircraft not far from its location. SCMP News shares this Wednesday, June 4, that the chief of the Emirates has also recently vocalized his wonder as to why a response from fighter jets was not made the moment the missing plane veered off course, perhaps pointing to the idea that a hijacking of Flight 370 or MH370 coverup may be possible.
According to Australian sources this weekend, a woman by the name of Katherine Tee has come forward with an astonishing announcement — she thinks she may have seen the fiery downfall of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 the night of March 8 while cruising across the Indian Ocean by ship. Country officials are now reviewing the British traveler’s statement in which she claims to have observed an aircraft that looked like it may have been laced with fire and smoke (“orange lights” were mentioned). What’s more, she says she saw two undisturbed planes flying within a moderate distance of the potential MH370, and they would have likely noticed it.
"The ATSB received... a message from a member of the public, reporting that they had seen what they believed to be a burning aircraft in the sky above the Indian Ocean on the night of the disappearance of MH370," a spokesman told a national news source in an email. "That information has been forwarded to the ATSB's MH370 Search Strategy Working Group for review."
At this time, adds The Telegraph, while having Flight 370 found remains a much hoped-for mystery, it is believed that the Malaysia Airlines plane was somehow diverted and later crashed into the Indian Ocean. Yet mention of two aicraft — potentially being fighter jets, adds some consipracy theorists — makes the possibility of a hijacking or even a coverup an actual prospect.
“It caught my attention because I had never seen a plane with orange lights before, so I wondered what they were,” Tee shared in her testimony. “I could see the outline of the plane, it looked longer than planes usually do. There was what appeared to be black smoke streaming from behind it.”
The standalone witness went on to say that she believed the other two planes spotted in the night sky would have been able to see and report the Malaysia Airlines aircraft covered in smoke and flames well before it crashed, if it indeed was MH370 at all. (Had a hijacking or planned coverup been in place, this point may be moot.) Now, Tee just feels guilty about not coming sooner to the authorites with what she glimpsed that March 8 night, but she added that she cannot clearly remember the time or location they were in at the moment of sighting.
“There were two other planes passing well above it — moving the other way — at that time. They had normal navigation lights. I remember thinking that if it was a plane on fire that I was seeing, the other aircraft would report it,” she went on. “And then, I wondered again why it had such bright orange lights. They reminded me of sodium lights. I thought it could be some anomaly, a fiery explosion, or just a meteor. It was approaching to cross behind our stern from the north. When I checked again later, it had moved across the stern and was moving away to the south.”
The Emirates chief, Tim Clark, has also sounded off on his opinion surrounding the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 this week and its connection with fighter jets. He queried in a public news statement why no fighter jets were made immediately aware of MH370 flying extremely off course. Though this in no way suggests that a coverup operation or a potential hijacking of the aircraft took place, it does bring new questions to the forefront of the mystery. Emirates leader Clark did add that he hopes and believes the disappearing plane will one day be found.
“If you were to fly from London to Oslo and then over the North Sea you turned off and then went west to Ireland, within two minutes you’d have Tornadoes, Eurofighters, everything up around you,” he commented, implying that if MH370 had veered away from its intended path in the air over his territory, the situation would have been closely monitored. (More on Katherine Tee's interview regarding the possible sighting before the plane crash can be found here.)