A teenager hunting for birds in the jungle of a Philippine island claims to have stumbled upon a fuselage “full of skeletons” and a Malaysian flag, and authorities believe it could be from missing Flight MH370.
The coastal wreckage in Tawi Tawi was under investigation by local authorities in Malaysia’s Sabah region Monday.
The finding was reported by Jamil Omar of Borneo, 46, who says his nephew made the grim discovery in September, but didn’t realize what it was as he has no access to television or newspapers.
“There was a skeleton still in the pilot’s seat. The pilot had his safety belt on and the communication gear attached to his head and ears,” Omar told local police, Free Malaysia Today reports.
The youth and pals found “many skeletons” in the fuselage, Omar said, some still wearing seatbelts, and more human bones nearby.
The teen also allegedly swiped a piece of fabric to use as a blanket, only to discover later it was a Malaysian flag.
“I have told the [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 … Let’s not speculate and give space to the DCA to conduct its investigation,” Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai told local media.
The claim comes five weeks after French experts confirmed a piece of wing that washed up on Reunion Island near Madagascar was indeed from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.
The Beijing-bound Boeing 777 was carrying 239 passengers and crew members when it vanished into thin air an hour after departing from Kuala Lumpur on March 8 last year.
This article is originally posted in the New York Post
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