A woman flying over the Indian Ocean back to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, after a pilgrimage claims she saw the missing Malaysian Airlines plane.
“I had seen several shipping liners and islands from my window earlier. Then, I saw the silvery object,” Raja Dalelah Raja Latife, a 53-year-old Malaysian woman returning from Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on March 8, told the Star Online. “I took a closer look and was shocked to see what looked like the tail and wing of an aircraft on the water.”
“I know what I saw. I am convinced that I saw the aircraft. And I will not lie. I had just returned from my pilgrimage,” she said.
Flight MH370 went missing in the early morning hours of March 8 and no trace of the plane or its more than 200 passengers have been found, despite the round-the-clock efforts of several countries.
Raja Dalelah told the Star Online that according to her in-flight monitor, they were flying over the Indian Ocean at 9:30 a.m. local time when she saw something. She noted that her flight was about an hour past Chennai, India. It wasn’t until she landed in Kuala Lumpur that she even learned of the missing plane.
The woman said she told her friends and the pilot what she thinks she saw, but no one took her seriously. By March 14, Raja Daleha filed a police report.
But could she have actually seen the plane from a cruising altitude?
“Along any flight path, especially a long-haul one such as between Jeddah and Kuala Lumpur, the altitude of the plane will be maintained at around 35,000 [feet] once it is in the air,” a pilot, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Star Online. “This is roughly 7 miles above sea level. How can anyone see anything like a boat or ship on the ground from so high up?”
Search planes flew out of Australia Friday to scour the seas in one of the remotest places on Earth for objects that may be from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.
In what one official called the “best lead” of the nearly 2-week-old aviation mystery, a satellite detected two large objects floating off the southwest coast of Australia about halfway to the desolate islands of the Antarctic.
The area in the southern Indian Ocean is so remote is takes aircraft longer to fly there — four hours — than it allows for the search.
A search Thursday with four planes in cloud and rain found nothing, and Australian authorities said early Friday efforts were resuming with the first of five aircraft — a Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion — leaving at dawn for the area about 1,400 miles from western Australia.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
(H/T: Daily Mail)