OK, so I have been contacted by a freelance journalist, who asked to interview me. I answered her questions, but posted them on Cruisers Forum where I work. She is freelance and has submitted her article to a Sydney based newspaper. It remains to be seen if they will run it, but they might just decide that I am making it all up for a bit of media attention. Not that it matters. Having buried my head in the sand regarding what I saw, my fellow members have done an awesome job of asking the right questions to draw out what I can remember. I have, of course, been googling it obsessively today, since before last night I know pretty much nothing… The last I heard of the matter, back in mid March, was that people thought it was hiding somewhere in Vietnam… another reason I thought I must have been mistaken. Since admitting what I think I saw last night (and only since then) I have found out that the plane could well have been where I saw that strange strange glowing orange plane.
I have reported the issue to the relevant authority, and who knows they might believe me. But I didn’t believe what I saw, so why should they? But I do hope that perhaps what I saw helps clarify what happened. We also posted our complete track data for the period of time in question, since Marc and I decided that complete disclosure was the best way to go; despite a few warnings from concerned members who suggested I pull the blog post and request that the thread be deleted since they thought I might face a media barrage. The CF members have been awesome in finding evidence that would support my sighting, so maybe it will help someone somewhere to know that it was burning. Not a big fireball, or anything dramatic, just a glowing orange plane moving across the horizon. You should check out the full thread on CF if you’re interested. But this was the image that convinced me, posted by europaflyer:
Now, one thing I have to say is that I feel shit about this. Because I doubted my sanity at the time, I didn’t report it when I got to land and heard about the missing plane. Because I assumed I was wrong and the plane had gone the other way to Vietnam I didn’t report it. Because I assumed the other two aircraft I could see at the time would report it if I was seeing was real, I didn’t even consider putting out a Mayday at the time. Imagine what an idiot I would have looked if I was mistaken, and I believed I was. Now I feel shit. Will this help either the authorities get closure? I have no idea; but I chose to sweep it under the carpet, and now I feel really bad.
The moral of the story? I don’t know. Maybe I should have a little more confidence in myself. But I am sorry I didn’t take action sooner.