An alleged Flight MH370 witness has come forward this week, claiming that she saw the missing Malaysia Airlines plane falling in a fiery crash somewhere over the Indian Ocean. The witness has been identified as Katherine Tee, a 41-year-old British woman from Liverpool who only emerged to make her breakthrough sighting known to authorities over the weekend. The New York Post reports this Tuesday, June 3, 2014, that Tee still remains unsure of just what she saw, but believes that what looked like a “plane on fire” could be a key clue to learning what happened to the whereabouts of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.
In her formal report with police, the Flight MH370 witness noted that her unexpected glimpse into the sky revealed what may have been the missing Malaysia Airlines jet going down in a torrent of smoke, heat, and flame. A world traveler and experienced sailor, Tee said that she and her husband were traveling to Thailand as part of a yearlong journey when it happened. One night while out on the deck over the Indian Ocean, the British witness said she saw a fiery object light up the night.
“I was on a night watch. My husband was asleep below deck and our one other crew member was asleep on deck,” she told the Phuket Gazette. “I saw something that looked like a plane on fire. That’s what I thought it was. Then, I thought I must be mad.”
While it seems that Flight MH370 has been a national mystery for weeks, the missing jet has only vanished in reality for a couple of months, disappearing only hours after its initial departure on March 8, 2014. Although countless conspiracy theories have been conjectured and international attempts to search for the location of the missing plane or its 239 passengers and crew, few clues — let alone the actual crash site of the jet — have been found.
It was I09 News who shared today that 41-year-old Tee believes that she may have been the only Flight MH370 witness to have actually seen the plane crash before its possible “fiery destruction,” as she noted in her statement that she had never seen such a sight in the sky before.
“It caught my attention because I had never seen a plane with orange lights before, so I wondered what they were,” she said. “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.”
However, Tee did note that she saw a potential other two planes in the night sky as well, and thought that had the missing jet — unaware at the time it was the Malaysia Airlines flight — actually been in any danger, the other aircrafts would have been able to report any aerial threat. This possible witness to the MH370 flight (and what looked like could have resulted in a fiery crash) now just wishes she had come forward sooner to authorities to share what she had seen that March night over the Indian Ocean.
“There were two other planes passing well above it — moving the other way — at that time. They had normal navigation lights. I remember thinking that if it was a plane on fire that I was seeing, the other aircraft would report it,” she added. “And then, I wondered again why it had such bright orange lights. They reminded me of sodium lights. I thought it could be some anomaly, a fiery explosion, or just a meteor. It was approaching to cross behind our stern from the north. When I checked again later, it had moved across the stern and was moving away to the south.”
Only after Tee and her husband made it to Thailand on March 10 did the British couple hear about the news of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, and she began to wonder if she had found a clue to discovering the mystery of its disappearance. The potential witness added that her memory was quite unclear that night due to it being so late and her being so tired, so she didn’t want to come forward sooner and neglect any details on the possible Flight MH370 sighting she might have had.
“I wasn’t sure of the date or time [of the sighting]. I am still not,” Tee said. “I did think that what I saw would add little, and be dismissed with the thousands of other sightings that I assumed were being reported. I thought that the authorities would be able to track [the plane’s] GPS log, which I assumed was automatically transmitted, or something like that.”
“’Most of all, I wasn’t sure of what I saw. I couldn’t believe it myself, and didn’t think anyone would believe me when I was having trouble believing my own eyes,” said world traveler Tee.
“I didn’t even consider putting out a Mayday at the time. Imagine what an idiot I would have looked like if I was mistaken, and I believed I was. So I dismissed it, and got on with the business of fixing myself and my marriage.”