Malaysia Airlines flight MH370’s fate is still to be ascertained, and all efforts to find the plane have failed. In one of the latest developments, which might prove to be a breakthrough in the search, a fishermen is reported to have found a life raft floating in the waters off Port Dickson, a southwestern Malaysian port town.
Similar objects traced before
The fishermen informed concerned authorities about the found object, which bears the word “Boarding” on it, says a report from the New Strait Times.
Fisherman Azman Mohamad told the Malaysian daily, “We managed to tie it to our boat as we feared it would sink due to the damages.” Fishermen were not able to lift the raft as it was heavy, so they waited for the authorities. By the time the search team of Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in Malacca came to the scene the raft already submerged in the sea. Now the efforts are in place to retrieve the raft.
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During the four-day-long search, similar findings have been reported many times, but each time, after a thorough check, the objects were deemed unrelated to the aircraft in question.
Oil worker witnessed the crash
In another possible breakthrough, an oil rig worker has made a claim that he saw the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight crash while working off the south coast of Vietnam. A copy of the email that the oil worker sent to his employer has been obtained by an ABC News correspondent.
The mail read, “I believe I saw the Malaysia Airlines plane come down. The timing is right.” The mail further read that the worker tried contacting the Malaysian and Vietnam officials “several days ago.”
Malaysia Airlines investigating an allegation against co-pilot
In related news, Malaysia Airlines revealed that it is investigating a report from Australian television that a co-pilot of the missing aircraft had invited two women in the cockpit for the full duration of the flight, two years ago. Late Tuesday, a spokesman from Malaysia Airlines refused to comment on the report, but said the allegations were shocking.
Citing chief of Malaysia’s air force, earlier some reports claimed that military radar has traced the plane over the Strait of Malacca. However, the chief has denied any such reports.
Malaysia Airlines aircraft, which was headed towards Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, disappeared on Saturday with 239 people on board.