The Philippines dismisses claims of found MH370 wreckage. Reports have surfaced recently that remains from the missing airlines were found on a remote island in the Philippines. Authorities have rejected such rumors however, insisting that the fate of the plane remains unknown.
Flight 370 went missing last year in March, with all 239 passengers onboard. Search and rescue efforts have been underway ever since, but only a wing was found washed up in the Indian Ocean, as of July this year.
Earlier this month, a Filipino man told Malaysian media that his relatives had discovered the aircraft deep in the jungles of the country’s remote Tawi-Tawi island chain. The man claimed that skeletons were inside, which prompted authorities to swiftly begin new search and rescue efforts in the area where the plane had allegedly crashed.
Investigators however have quickly challenged the credibility of the eye-witness. Volunteers and rescue teams were reportedly sent to the site where the man claims the wreckage was found only to turn up empty-handed. Authorities further claim that the man who spread the rumors has since disappeared from public eye, thus further raising doubt over his statements about the found wreckage.
The deputy police director of Tawi-Tawi, Superintended Glenn Roy Gabor has said that if a plane of that size had crashed in the area, it would have been impossible for local residents not to notice anything. He went on to say that local people were interviewed and all have vehemently denied the Filipino man’s claims that large parts of the missing plane were found deep in the jungles.
Nonetheless, emergency services along with search and rescue crews were sent to the site mentioned by the alleged eye-witness to conduct a thorough investigation. Not only were no remains found whatsoever, but no indications or further clues to the whereabouts of the missing aircraft.
Tawi-Tawi governor Nurbert Sahali has also issued an official statement, putting to rest any claims that the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 was found on the island. Nonetheless, despite the lack of credibility of such statements from the Filipino man, many news stations in the West have picked up the story as legitimate, further spreading the false rumors.
The Boeing 777 disappeared without a trace while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, on March 8, 2014. Its fate remains a mystery to this day. Flight 370 was just one of a series of tragic aviation incidents from the region in recent years – the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was gunned down over Ukrainian airspace, also in 2014. Investigations are still underway over who is responsible for the incident.
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