UPDATE: Impact Made By Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight May Have Been Recorded By Underwater Microphones
A British woman claims she may have seen the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on fire during a sailing holiday back in March.
Katherine Tee was traveling across the Indian Ocean with husband Marc Horn when she saw what she believed was a plane on fire crossing the night sky, trailing a plume of black smoke behind it.
She told the Phuket Gazette: “I was on night watch. My husband was asleep below deck and our one other crew member was asleep on deck.
“I saw something that looked like a plane on fire. That’s what I thought it was. 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.
“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.”
Tee and Horn were sailing from Cochin, India to Phuket on board a 40-foot sloop.
The couple later discovered their vessel was in the vicinity of one of the projected flight paths for MH370 and have filed a report with the Joint Agency Coordination Centre – an Australian organisation tasked with coordinating the search in the southern Indian Ocean.
Flight MH370, bound for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, disappeared on 8 March with 239 people on board.
Tee’s account of what she saw comes amid speculation the plane may not have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean at all.
Although pings matching the frequency of those from a black box recorder were identified by search crews, no debris has been found from the plane.
On Wednesday it was announced scientists in Hong Kong are planning to release detailed information about a mysterious noise – possibly that of an ocean impact – recorded by two undersea receivers in the Indian Ocean about the time the flight ceased satellite transmissions and vanished.
The low-frequency noise, which was outside the normal range of hearing and had to be sped up to be made audible, appears to have traveled halfway across the Indian Ocean to the receivers off the coast of Australia, the New York Times reports.
“It’s not even really a thump sort of a sound — it’s more of a dull oomph,” said Alec Duncan, a senior marine science research fellow at Curtin University near Perth, who has led the research.
“If you ask me what’s the probability this is related to the flight, without the satellite data it’s 25 or 30 percent, but that’s certainly worth taking a very close look at,” Dr Duncan added.