Sunday 23 November 2014

I saw MH370 in flames but thought I was mad – woman

Jonathan Pearlman in Sydney

Published 04/06/2014 | 02:30

A Royal Australia Air Force AP-3C Orion takes off from RAAF Base Pearce in Perth, Australia, early Wednesday, to resume the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The weather had improved by Wednesday morning when a total of 12 planes and two ships from the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand were scheduled to resume the hunt in a vast expanse of the southern Indian Ocean. AP
A Royal Australia Air Force AP-3C Orion takes off from RAAF Base Pearce in Perth, Australia, early Wednesday, to resume the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The weather had improved by Wednesday morning when a total of 12 planes and two ships from the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand were scheduled to resume the hunt in a vast expanse of the southern Indian Ocean. AP
The shadow of a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Orion maritime search aircraft can be seen on low-level clouds as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean looking for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Reuters

A woman sailing with her husband from India to Thailand has claimed she may have seen the missing Malaysia Airlines plane on fire.

Katherine Tee (41), was on night watch on March 7-8 but said she did not report the sighting until Sunday because she was having marital problems and thought she was losing her mind.

She said recent media reports about the ailing search for MH370 prompted her and her husband Marc Horn to examine their GPS logs and they discovered they were within the plane's projected flight path. The plane, carrying 239 passengers, disappeared on March 8.

Logs

"I looked back through our GPS logs and lo and behold, what we saw was consistent with the confirmed contact which the authorities had from MH370," she told Thailand's 'Phuket Gazette'.

Ms Tee said she saw other planes nearby and thought they would have reported the burning plane.

"I saw something that looked like a plane on fire," she said. "Then I thought I must be mad. It caught my attention because I had never seen a plane with orange lights before so I wondered what they were ... It looked longer than planes usually do. There was what appeared to be black smoke behind it."

"Since that's not something you see every day, I questioned my mind. I was looking at what appeared to be an elongated plane glowing bright orange, with a trail of black smoke behind it.

"It did occur to me that it might be a meteorite.

"But I thought it was more likely that I was going insane."

Authorities in Australia said last week they have found no wreckage in a targeted zone, and will now shift to a 12-month hunt across a broad stretch of the Indian Ocean. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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