AN Indonesian fisherman claims he saw missing flight MH370 falling into the sea “like a broken kite” while insisting he recorded the exact location of the crash.
The Malaysian Airlines flight vanished on March 8, 2014, after taking off from Kuala Lumpur – sparking one of the greatest aviation mysteries of all time.
Rusli Khusmin, 42, says he and his crew witnesses the crash and recorded the co-ordinates of where the doomed jet entered the water on a GPS device.
Mr Khusmin says the aircraft went down in the Strait of Malacca – a narrow shipping lane, west of Kuala Lumpur, where Malaysia Airlines lost contact with MH370 close to Phuket island, Thailand.
The fisherman, who held up a map to show reporters where he claims the plane entered the water, described seeing the aircraft falling without a sound.
In a news conference in Subang Jaya, Malaysia, he said: “I saw the plane moving from left to right like a broken kite.
“There was no noise, just black smoke as a result of fires before it crashed into the water.”
I saw the plane moving from left to right like a broken kite
He added that there was a strong smell of acidic fumes in the air before the plane smashed into the sea.
The 42-year-old did not explain why he had waited nearly five years to report his story to authorities.
Mr Khusmin even swore on oath on the Koran before handing over his evidence to CASSA, a Malaysian NGO.
The data will now be sent to the Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
The Malaysian government officially halted their investigation last year after they admitted in a report that they did not know what had happened to the plane.
WHAT HAPPENED TO FLIGHT MH370?
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur and was heading to Beijing with 239 people on board.
But at 12.14am on March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines lost contact with MH370 close to Phuket island in the Strait of Malacca.
Before that, Malaysian authorities believe the last words heard from the plane, from either the pilot or co-pilot, was “Good night Malaysian three seven zero”.
Investigators thought the most likely location for the jet was in the Indian Ocean after analysing information from the British satellite telecommunications company Immarsat.
HAS ANY DEBRIS BEEN FOUND?
Five pieces, thought to be from the plane, recently washed up in Madagascar.
Aviation expert Victor Iannello believes one fragment, which appears to be from the interior floorboard, is consistent with a “high-speed impact”.
More than 30 bits of aircraft debris have been collected from various places around the world but only three wing fragments that washed up along the Indian Ocean have been confirmed to be from MH370.
Rusli Khusmin claims he recorded the crash site of MH370 after he watched the doomed jet plummet into the sea[/caption]
The alleged coordinates of the crash were shown on a map at the news conference[/caption]
The religious fisherman swore an oath on the Koran before handing over the data to the Malaysian authorities[/caption]
The evidence will now be handed over to the Malaysian Prime Minister[/caption]