ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police authorities in Sabah have ordered an investigation into reports that a Filipino woman discovered a wreckage of a Malaysian plane deep in the forest of southern Philippine province of Tawi-Tawi.
Jamil Omar, 46, told Sabah police that his aunt, Sitti Kayam, told him 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 Filipinos also recovered a piece of the wreck painted with a Malaysian flag.
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 also crashed in the Indian Ocean while on its way to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.