Malaysian plane wreckage claimed to be found in southern Philippines

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The island province of Tawi-Tawi off Sabah’s eastern coast

Police authorities in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah ordered an investigation into reports that Filipino island residents discovered a wreckage of a Malaysian plane deep in the forest of the southern Philippine province of Tawi-Tawi, an island off Sabah’s coast and part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Jamil Omar, 46, told Sabah police that his aunt, Sitti Kayam, told him on October 8 that a nephew and some friends discovered the wreckage and several skeletal remains still intact while hunting birds on Sugbay in South Ubian town last month.

Malaysian media reported that Sabah Commissioner of Police Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman ordered the probe after Omar told police about the find. The Commissioner was also quoted as saying that the Special Branch would interview Omar about the wreckage.

“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, who works as an audio-visual assistant in Sabah, told police authorities. “They were not able to communicate the information earlier since there are no facilities on the island. So, my aunt came to see me.”

Police, quoting Omar’s report, said the Filipinos also recovered a piece of the wreck painted with a Malaysian flag, according to the news portal Free Malaysia Today.

There was no immediate confirmation from Philippine authorities about the discovery of the wreckage on the remote town, but Tawi-Tawi is one of five provinces under the Muslim autonomous region.

In March 2014, Malaysian Flight MH370 with 239 mostly Chinese passengers crashed supposedly in the Indian Ocean on a flight that should originally lead to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

After more than a year without a single clue of the missing aircraft, a piece of a wing was recovered on the French Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean on July 29. It was later confirmed to be a piece from MH370 based on its paint and maintenance records of the Boeing 777 aircraft. Reunion and Tawi-Tawi are some 7,200 kilometers apart.
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The island province of Tawi-Tawi off Sabah’s eastern coast

Police authorities in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah ordered an investigation into reports that Filipino island residents discovered a wreckage of a Malaysian plane deep in the forest of the southern Philippine province of Tawi-Tawi, an island off Sabah’s coast and part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

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Tawi-Tawi
The island province of Tawi-Tawi off Sabah’s eastern coast

Police authorities in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah ordered an investigation into reports that Filipino island residents discovered a wreckage of a Malaysian plane deep in the forest of the southern Philippine province of Tawi-Tawi, an island off Sabah’s coast and part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Jamil Omar, 46, told Sabah police that his aunt, Sitti Kayam, told him on October 8 that a nephew and some friends discovered the wreckage and several skeletal remains still intact while hunting birds on Sugbay in South Ubian town last month.

Malaysian media reported that Sabah Commissioner of Police Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman ordered the probe after Omar told police about the find. The Commissioner was also quoted as saying that the Special Branch would interview Omar about the wreckage.

“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, who works as an audio-visual assistant in Sabah, told police authorities. “They were not able to communicate the information earlier since there are no facilities on the island. So, my aunt came to see me.”

Police, quoting Omar’s report, said the Filipinos also recovered a piece of the wreck painted with a Malaysian flag, according to the news portal Free Malaysia Today.

There was no immediate confirmation from Philippine authorities about the discovery of the wreckage on the remote town, but Tawi-Tawi is one of five provinces under the Muslim autonomous region.

In March 2014, Malaysian Flight MH370 with 239 mostly Chinese passengers crashed supposedly in the Indian Ocean on a flight that should originally lead to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

After more than a year without a single clue of the missing aircraft, a piece of a wing was recovered on the French Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean on July 29. It was later confirmed to be a piece from MH370 based on its paint and maintenance records of the Boeing 777 aircraft. Reunion and Tawi-Tawi are some 7,200 kilometers apart.
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