Flight MH370’s fate may lie in the story of a lone “witness,” a British woman who has now come forward with her story that she actually watched the missing Malaysian jet, in flames, soar over their sailboat in the night sky. The woman said she and her husband were sailing in the Indian Ocean in March when she watched a burning object fly overhead and then go down in the ocean in flames and smoke, miles from their location.
According to the NY Post on June 3, the witness, 41-year-old Liverpool resident Katherine Tee, filed an official report with authorities last weekend describing what she saw. Tee and her husband, along with other crew members, were on a year-long journey to Thailand when she reportedly saw what she now believes may have been Flight MH370, in flames.
“I was on a night watch. My husband was asleep below deck and our one other crew member was asleep on deck,” Tee reported. “I saw something that looked like a plane on fire. That’s what I thought it was. Then, I thought I must be mad.”
The airliner and its 239 passengers have been missing since March 8, and dozens of theories have surfaced as to what happened to the jet – ranging from mechanical failures to terrorists to aliens. To date, not a single piece of debris has been recovered.
“It caught my attention because I had never seen a plane with orange lights before, so I wondered what they were,” Tee 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.”
Tee said she also saw other planes in the sky near the jet, and assumed they would have seen what she did and radioed in for help. “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 said.
Tee, a veteran sailor and world traveler, said she did not realize the potential importance of what she may have seen until she arrived in Thailand. Tee has since given her official statement to the Joint Agency Coordination Center, the Australian organization coordinating the search for Flight MH370.
As to her certainty as to what she saw, Tee isn’t able to say if she is 100 percent confident that it was Flight 370. “I wasn’t sure of the date or time [of the sighting]. I am still not,” Tee said. “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 Tee, who added that she regrets not speaking out sooner.
“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… Will this help the authorities of the families get closure? I have no idea. All I can confirm is that I have since learnt that we were in the right place at the right time, so it seems possible, but I chose to sweep it under the carpet and now I feel really bad,” Tee said.