A British sailor who was trying to cross the Indian Ocean on the way to Phuket in March has claimed she saw what she believed was missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on fire.
The woman, Katherine Tee, said she had seen what appeared to be a plane on fire with black smoke following it the Phuket Gazette reported.
Tee was traveling with her husband Marc Horn sailing from Kochi, India to Phuket, and was on night duty when the sighting reportedly occurred.
“I thought I saw a burning plane cross behind our stern from port to starboard, which would have been approximately north to south,” Ms Tee wrote on sailing website, Cruisers’ Forum.
“Since that’s not something you see every day, I questioned my mind. I was looking at what appeared to be an elongated plane glowing bright orange, with a trail of black smoke behind it. It did occur to me that it might be a meteorite. But I thought it was more likely that I was going insane.”
Tee didn't report the sighting when she arrived in Phuket two days later because she was having marital troubles and wasn't sure of what she had seen.
“I saw something that looked like a plane on fire. That’s what I thought it was. Then I thought I must be mad. It caught my attention because I had never seen a plane with orange lights before so I wondered what they were,” she told the Phuket Gazette.
“I could see the outline of the plane, it looked longer than planes usually do. There was what appeared to be black smoke behind it.
“There were two other planes well above it — moving the other way — at the 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.”
Now Tee believes that she and her husband were sailing in the middle of one of the projected flight paths for the missing jet when she made the sighting on the evening of March 8-9.
“This is what convinced me to file a report with the full track data for our voyage to the relevant authorities,” she said.