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Filipinos describe moment they found 'MH370 wreckage' in jungle

  • Boy, 13, on Sugbay Island, Philippines, claims to have discovered plane fuselage 'full of skeletons'
  • Siti Kayyam said her son saw decaying bodies in the wreckage she claims is missing flight MH370 
  • But Philippines patrolling area are yet to find anything at reported crash site
  • Experts say wreckage could be that of the US military charter flight, which vanished in 1962 with 107 passengers  

By Jay Akbar For Mailonline

Published: 05:57 EST, 13 October 2015 | Updated: 08:30 EST, 13 October 2015

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Witnesses on a remote Filipino island have told of the moment a 13-year-old boy stumbled upon what he says is a plane fuselage 'full of skeletons' – and of the grisly moment the boy touched the dead pilot's hat and flesh on his jaw fell off.

Siti Kayyam is convinced the wreckage her son, Raik, found in dense jungle, in Tawi-Tawi province on the south-west tip of Sugbay Island, southern Philippines, is that of missing flight MH370.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Siti said Raik and two friends, both 15, were hunting for birds in the dense jungle when they found the wreckage. 

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Mystery solved? Siti Kayyam (left) told MailOnline her son Raik, 13, has found missing flight MH370 on Sugbay Island in the Philippines. Her nephew Jamil Oman, 46, (right) a civil servant reported the find to Borneo police 

Mystery solved? Siti Kayyam (left) told MailOnline her son Raik, 13, has found missing flight MH370 on Sugbay Island in the Philippines. Her nephew Jamil Oman, 46, (right) a civil servant reported the find to Borneo police 

Decaying: Siti told MailOnline how Raik and two friends were chasing birds through the jungle of Sugbay Island when he found a plane fuselage full of dead bodies

Decaying: Siti told MailOnline how Raik and two friends were chasing birds through the jungle of Sugbay Island when he found a plane fuselage full of dead bodies

Doubt: Siti filed a report in neighbouring Borneo, but sceptics remain cautious on the find. The Philippines Navy has not found the wreckage and islanders have told authorities that they were not aware of a plane crash

Doubt: Siti filed a report in neighbouring Borneo, but sceptics remain cautious on the find. The Philippines Navy has not found the wreckage and islanders have told authorities that they were not aware of a plane crash

Discovery: Siti says Raik found the wreck on Sugbay Island in Tawi-Tawi province, southern Philippines. In July French investigators found a 'flaperon' washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion belonging to MH370

Discovery: Siti says Raik found the wreck on Sugbay Island in Tawi-Tawi province, southern Philippines. In July French investigators found a 'flaperon' washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion belonging to MH370

She said: 'Raik went near the body of one of the pilots on the right and he tried to take off the hat but the flesh on the man's jaw fell off. Like melted.'

Siti travelled from Sugbay to Borneo by boat to file a report with local police, who launched an investigation.

But sceptics have warned the reported sighting is unlikely to be that of doomed flight MH370, which disappeared on March 8, last year, with 227 passengers and 12 crew.

The Boeing 777-200ER, flying from Kuala Lumper to Beijing, last made voice contact with air traffic control when it was over the South China Sea less than an hour after take off.

Malaysian military radar continued to track the aircraft as it deviated from its planned flight path and crossed the Malay Peninsula. 

It left the range of Malaysian military radar while over the Andaman Sea, which is its last reported sighting, sparking one of the biggest aviation mysteries.

In July French investigators confirmed that a 'flaperon' washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion belonged to MH370.

It is argued that it would have been virtually impossible for the piece of wing-flap to have reached there from the Philippines, given the land masses in the way.

There has also been no evidence from the plane's satellite tracking 'pings' that it diverted towards the southern Philippines.

Its last known location, as tracked by a military radar, was around 200 miles north-west of Penang, on the northern coast of Malaysia. 

The Philippine Navy deployed a patrol gunboat to the area to check the claims, locals there told authorities that they were not aware of any plane crashing in the area or any wreckage.  

Doubt: This part of MH370's wing (pictured) found on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, which makes it unlikely that the fuselage would have washed up in the Philippines

Doubt: This part of MH370's wing (pictured) found on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, which makes it unlikely that the fuselage would have washed up in the Philippines

Intrigue: Experts suggest that, if a plane did crash on Sugbay Island, it could be the Flying Tiger Line Lockheed Super Constellation that vanished in the western Pacific on March 16, 1962

Intrigue: Experts suggest that, if a plane did crash on Sugbay Island, it could be the Flying Tiger Line Lockheed Super Constellation that vanished in the western Pacific on March 16, 1962

Mystery: Siti and her nephew civil servant Jamil Kayyam claims that plane wreckage  containing 'many skeletons' had washed up in the Philippines prompted speculation it could be MH370 (pictured)

Mystery: Siti and her nephew civil servant Jamil Kayyam claims that plane wreckage containing 'many skeletons' had washed up in the Philippines prompted speculation it could be MH370 (pictured)

There is speculation that, if the boy has stumbled upon a plane wreckage deep in the remote Filipino jungle, it could be that of the Flying Tiger Line Lockheed Super Constellation that was carrying 107 people when it vanished in the western Pacific on March 16, 1962.

Until MH370 vanished 18 months ago, US military charter the Flying Tiger, which disappeared on the western Pacific, was the largest missing passenger airline never to be found.

Siti was so convinced the wreckage belonged to MH370 that she made the dangerous 22-hour journey by sea to Borneo to report it.

She claimed that the police in Bangao where she lives would not take a 'poor islander' like her seriously.

'I couldn't possibly do it in Bangao. They go around with machine guns strapped to their shoulders,' she said.

Siti told MailOnline how her son Raik was bird hunting in the hills near their fishing village at night time, when the bird landed on top of the wreckage.

THE MYSTERY OF FLYING TIGER FLIGHT 739  

Before Malaysian Airlines Flights flight MH370 vanished somewhere over the Andaman Sea, the disappearance of Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 was the greatest unsolved aviation mystery. 

On March 14, 1962, the Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation, chartered by the United States army, left Guam en route to Clark Field in the Philippines with 107 passengers - 93 of whom were jungle trained army rangers on their way to Vietnam.

Around 80 minutes after take-off, the pilot radioed in a routine position report. Another report, due an hour later, never came and no trace of the plane has been seen since.

The search that ensued, spanning 200,000-square-miles, was the greatest air and sea search in the Pacific Ocean until MH370.

Vanished: On March 14, 1962, a Flying Tiger Line plane (similar one, pictured) chartered by the US military and carrying 107 passengers, went missing over the Pacific Ocean

Vanished: On March 14, 1962, a Flying Tiger Line plane (similar one, pictured) chartered by the US military and carrying 107 passengers, went missing over the Pacific Ocean

The accident report for the missing plane only said only that Flying Tiger Line 739 had been 'destroyed in flight', according to Air Facts Journal.

And the only clue of what could have happened was a report from witnesses on a tanker along its flight-path, who claimed the plane exploded in the air.

The tanker crew went to the area where objects were said to have fallen into the sea but after a six hour search, they found nothing.

Another unconfirmed theory claimed it encountered difficulties and crashed.

She said: 'Being curious, the boys checked what it was. They saw two bodies, still strapped to their chairs, wearing hats and wired to their radio. One of the men looked handsome with his uniform, like a soldier. 

'They followed the pungent smell to the back where they saw bodies, a lot of bodies, some with flesh, some just skeletons, naked and some with clothes on.

'One of them saw a piece of cloth outside on the ground and he just grabbed it and ran away with the other two boys. They said the body of the plane looked like white but not sure because it was dark.'

Siti told MailOnline she even remembers the moment she now believes the plane crashed when islanders were woken in the middle of the night by a loud bang. 

'I remember sometime last year we were sleeping, the whole village, when suddenly the whole island shook, the hills were shaking violently. 

'We rushed out of our houses. We thought it was an earthquake or tsunami. But everything was silent except the sea. No fire. No booming sound. 

'After a while, we went back to sleep. I later heard about the missing aircraft but didn't think that incident had anything to do with it. Until my son, Raik, came home with the incredible story and the flag,' she said.

Evidence: In July investigators made a breakthrough by finding a 'flaperon' belonging to missing flight MH370 on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion

Evidence: In July investigators made a breakthrough by finding a 'flaperon' belonging to missing flight MH370 on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion

'He said the plane was big. I recognised the flag. I've seen it in my cousin's house here. And I am aware that a plane had gone missing. I put two and two together and I concluded that the wreckage must be the missing aircraft.

'I believe him because he's just a boy. He doesn't know how to lie. We adults, we lie, but not children. And the flag was the evidence. When I first took it, it smelled so badly, like corpse. 

'Even after I washed it, it still smells like corpse now. If not because I felt responsible to notify the authority about this, I would have just tossed the flag away. 

'Why would I want to have anything to do with something that had been 'sleeping' with corpses?'

Siti added that she is too old to visit the crash site herself and instead has reported the find to police in Borneo. 

Philippine authorities suggested that MH370 had not crashed on Sugbay Island and that the fate of the missing Boeing 777 remains a mystery.

Superintendent Gabor added: 'I sent people to the site where it [the plane wreck] was supposedly seen and the results were negative.

'There was someone who was spreading that story but it has no truth to it and the person spreading it has disappeared.'

Mr Gabor said that if a big plane had crashed on Sagbay island, local residents 'would have noticed'.

'We interviewed the local people and they didn't see anything. That is a small area. It is impossible they wouldn't see something like that,' he said.

Tawi-Tawi governor Nurbert Sahali also released a statement saying no wreckage had been found.

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