Zee Media Bureau/Deepak Nagpal
Kuala Lumpur/Jakarta: A British woman sailor has told authorities that she may have spotted the missing Malaysian airliner while it was going down nearly three months ago.
Katherine Tee said she probably saw Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on fire while she was on a sailing holiday back in March.
Katherine 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, Huffington Post reported.
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.”
Katherine and her husband were sailing from Kochi, India to Phuket, Thailand on board a 40-foot sloop when they probably spotted the MH370 flight.
The couple informed the Joint Agency Coordination Centre – an Australian organisation tasked with coordinating the search in the southern Indian Ocean – after they realised that their boat was in the vicinity of one of the projected flight paths for MH370.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, travelling to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, went missing on March 8 with 239 people on board.