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Full report of interview about my sighting by Blaine Gibson.

July 30, 2015

I hope to God that the recent debris found on Reunion is part of MH370 and that the truth will be found providing closure for all of those affected by this terrible enigma.

For the best account of what we saw during our passage in March 2014 please refer to this write up by Blaine Gibson who came to Phuket and interviewed my husband and me over two separate visits.





Part One:

MH 370 Mystery – In the Right Place at the Right Time :
Observations by Kate Tee and Marc Horn

Below is a summary of my pleasant and fascinating interview with Kate Tee and Marc Horn about their observations from March 4 to March 8, 2014 aboard their beautiful sailboat.

Naval exercise ???

On the nights of March 4 and March 5 both Kate and Marc observed a large bright white glow over the horizon to the southeast, traveling parallel but slower than they were. They estimate the glowing lights were about 180 Nautical miles west of Banda Aceh at a bearing of about 250 degrees from that city. At first they believed the source of the light was a large cable maintenance ship or naval flotilla since the glow was brighter and larger than that generated by fishing boats.

Over time the glowing lights followed approximately the same course they were, generally from west to east, but at a slower rate (less than 100 nautical miles per day). Subsequently on March 5 they crossed the underwater cable so the cable became

to the north of them, but on the night of March 5 the glowing lights were still to the southeast of them.

This convinced them it was not a cable maintenance ship, but rather a flotilla of Navy ships. The glow of lights were as bright as if a small city lay over the horizon, but there was no land there .., only water. By the nights of March 6 and 7 they had moved farther north and did not see the white glow.


On March 7 about noon they came across a black buoy like none they had ever seen before. It had no flag, and appeared to them of military origin. The location of the buoy was about N 5°59′ , E 94° 11′ (shown precisely on map) Later from pictures they identified it as an acoustical target buoy or one part of an acoustical target array.

Part 2

Most of the planes Kate Tee observed on her trip were travelling from east to west and west to east, however the night of March 7 to 8 was different. The night of March 7 Kate Tee was at the helm while her husband Marc was sleeping below. They were sailing north and then east in the passage between Northern Sumatra and Great Nicobar Island, about two thirds of the way from the former to the latter. The water was dead flat calm. Their position was approximately N 6° 37.7′, E 94° 26.4′ (indicated precisely on the map).

At approximately 19:10 UTC Kate saw an orange speck about due north. At first she thought it looked like Mars. She watched it for 5 or 10 minutes as It approached her slowly on a due north to south course, fearing it might be a missile. As it approached she could tell it was a low flying plane that appeared to be descending. It was big and close by about 19: 20 to 19:25. Early in her observation, briefly she had had a front view of the cockpit windows which were lit, but during most of her obseration the cockpit was seen from the side. Upon reaching them the plane turned mostly west (a little south of west). The plane was glowing orange ..she had never seen anything like it before. A graphic recreation is attached. She could not see passenger windows, but she was later told she would not have been able to decipher them anyway at that distance and altitude. It had black smoke coming from the tail. She guesses that when it reached her and made its turn it was at an altitude of about 2000 or 4000 feet. At the time she had no idea what model of plane it was, but from looking at pictures of other aircraft later she believes it was a Boeing from the distinctive nose, but could not tell if it was a 777 or 737. When she went below to switch on the engine it had made its turn and was traveling south of west. At later brief observations it appeared to be traveling more southerly, but definitely west of south, which leads her to believe it made a small turn again.

Artist impression by E. Fortuin 2 April 2015

Best viewed on tab;et in dark room at arms length. Artist impression by E. Fortuin 2 April 2015

She originally thought it was connected to the naval activities she believed were going on now southwest of them, and that it may have been

​checking them out. Later that night after the plane had disappeared she once again saw the glow of light that may have been navy lights, but this time the glow was orange.  Those were not the only planes Kate Tee saw that night. She later recalled having seen a plane flying at a very high cruising altitude on a course from due north to due south. She thought that was strange and wondered why it was headed towards the South Pole. That sighting was before the orange plane, but she was not clear on how long before…maybe 5 to 20 minutes. She says she remembered that plane after a conversation with some membes of the Independent Group jogged her memory. She has been criticized for this late reporting, but says their call was a sincere inquiry about some timing issues, and they did not push her to say or change anything, but she feels duty bound to report what she saw upon remembering.

​They also suggested that the orange plane she saw could have been a P8I (a modified Boeing 737), saying India had rececently received some and might have been testing them. She believed that was possible because she could not tell if what she saw was a 737 or 777. She told them she saw no passenger windows, but they said that was not conclusive because she would not have been able to decipher them at that distance and altitude. However in response to inquiries by Jyotish Kumar, the Indian Defence Ministry (Navy) confirmed that none of their P8I s were depoyed on the nights of March 7 to 8. The letter dated June 17, 2015 is attached. Additionally Kate Tee saw two planes flying close to one another at cruising altitude, at the same time she saw the orange plane. These planes appeared to be lower than the earlier high southbound one. They were traveling from east of south to west of north. The first one was slightly higher than the other, and the second was slightly behind it and lower. She thought they were flying in tandem.

Part 3

Just before dawn March 8, at about 23:00 UTC, while Marc was on the deck and Kate was asleep, he saw the light of a ship approaching their boat.He feared it was on a collision course, but it altered course. Thirty minutes after he first saw it, but before dawn, it started to become light. This was the point of closest contact, and he could see it was grey and resembled a search vessel. It also appeared to be searching for something, moving back and forth. His position when he first saw it was about N 6°40′, E 94° 37′. It made no attempt to contact them. For about 7 hours he observed it weaving on a random course, searching. He last saw it at lunchtime about 06:00 UTC when his position was N 6°42, E 95°05′. After examining pictures subsequently, he says it resembled one of vessels involved in the search in the Southern Indian Ocean


I obviously have some ideas and interpretations of this evidence, but I do not want to express them until they are fully formed. I do conclude, however, that these eyewitness sightings are credible, sincere, and definitely not part of any publicity seeking or poltical agenda or pet theory.

Marc and Kate were trying to get away from it all, and by some weird twist of fate, happened to be in exactly the right place, at exactly the right time, at the epicenter of one of the greatest aviation mysteries of all time. They were very near the decisive spot where most official search authorities and most (but never all) other theorists agree MH 370 crossed or chose its decisive path north or west or south…or anywhere in between.

There is something in here for everybody no matter what theory you choose to believe in. Kate said I am the first to meet her in person and ask questions objectively with an open mind. She has turned down many requests for personal interviews, preferring to post her observations on open sources. The testimony of Kate and Marc may raise more questions than answers, or answer some questions. My conclusion is only that it is solid credible eyewitness evidence to be considered.


MH370 – Military PLANE Theory.

March 27, 2015

On 21st March, just last week, I received an email from Mike Exner (prominent member of the IG, heavily involved with the Inmarsat data number crunching, works closely with someone “high up” at ATSB, and widely acknowledged to be the reason the search is in the SIO) informing me that MH370 would have passed within a mile of me if their current thinking is correct.  However I didn’t believe him, despite the convincing graphic he sent, because the altitude was still high (about 30,000 feet too high), and the time was wrong (about 30 minutes too early).

Mike's graphic showing the IG's current thinking about how and where MH370 passed our position.

Mike’s graphic showing the IG’s current thinking about how and where MH370 passed our position.

But then on Saturday 21st March we spoke on the phone for about an hour.  Mike managed to disperse all the doubts I’d had about the genuineness of the data.  They were reconsidering the BFOs, which are based on an assumption, on the basis that a fire event might have caused the frequency of the communication to have changed.  I think I have the gist of it, but these things are all beyond me.  Regardless, I trust the data now, which I have doubted for a year.

Anyway, the following day we had a conference call with Don Thompson, also of the IG; but he’s the guy that is more familiar with military craft. He pointed me the way of the Boeing P8i
Neptune (a close relative of the B737), which India has had a recent delivery of, and there would have been time for some of them to have been deployed to the Andamans to help monitor the Malacca Straits.  He explained that they are a low flying, slow reconnaisance craft.  And if that were the case then it would make sense that the flight profile I had witnessed (remember back to Stewart’s observation graphic) could indeed have been them checking us out:

A military craft intended for reconnoitering.

P8 Neptune. A military craft intended for reconnoitering. A variation of the B737.

The only thing that bothers me about this scenario is that the whole thing was glowing orange, not just the underbelly.  Liz Fortuin has kindly updated her graphic to represent what I saw [although I have requested she removes the logo which I didn’t see, I will update here when I receive the corrected version]:

Graphic illustration of the plane I saw [pending correction to remove logo]

Graphic illustration of the plane I saw [pending correction to remove logo] based on a B777 body.

Now see the similarity?  I can EASILY believe that what I saw was a P8i.  I’m confused as to the black smoke and orange glow, but it certainly wasn’t anything like images of vortexes etc I have been sent.  Who knows, maybe this new aircraft had a problem with its “novel nav strobe configuration: two red flashing nav lights mounted laterally under the wing box (normally a single centerline light)” (Don Thompson). Maybe it was on fire. Maybe, maybe, maybe.

Anyway, here is the most interesting part.  Both Mike and Don seemed overly interested in whether I had seen any flights pass overhead from North to South before I saw this plane.  I said no.  I said I recalled flights passing East to West and West to East, but nothing on that leg.  But a few days after the conversation I DID recall another thought I’d had.  I remember thinking “Where the bloody hell is that going, to the South Pole?” at some stage.

[28May15, edited to add for clarity.  Originally omitted due to oversight]:I DO recall seeing a normal plane, with normal nav lights pass above us from North to South prior to the glowing orange one.  Wasn’t unusual, and I guess I’d put it out of my head. High altitude. Passed pretty much directly above us. 

Yeah, sounds unlikely, and the Daily Mail and its readers won’t believe me, of that I’m sure.  Neither will Sy Gunson.  I’m gutted.  “What, now she says she saw two planes?  Yeah right!” I can hear them cry out.

But I know for a fact that it is possible for memories to be jolted after a long period of time by some trigger event.  And tonight my thoughts untangled themselves, and I realise now that the plane I was thinking of at that moment when I had that thought was a different plane to the one I have been obsessed by for over a year now.

Because this one, the orange one, I recall thinking was going to reconnoiter with those bright lights, which I assumed were a research vessel or naval vessel… and that this was some top secret military experiment.  This has all been written elsewhere – right at the very beginning on Cruisers Forum.  So – it is with a sigh of relief that I finally accept that what I have been thinking for over a year was MH370, could have been, in fact, almost exactly what I thought it was. A military cargo plane with a bad exhaust.

And that the first, and normal looking, plane – up at a normal altitude with normal nav lights which I paid hardly any attention to (except for wondering where it was going – a guessing game I play with most passing planes I watch) on account of it simply not being interesting – was probably in fact MH370 on its way to the South Pole.  Or thereabouts.

Thank you to all the members of the IG, and other independent investigators, who have helped me get this all straight.  Finally I can drop all the nasty conspiracy theories from my head and get back to living life knowing that if MH370 can be found, at least they’re looking in the right place.

Way to Winter!!!

March 19, 2015

My blog has pretty much stagnated for the last 10 months.  Admittedly, we’re not travelling at the moment, since the boat is still on the hard undergoing a rebuild.  Of those ten months, we only managed to squeeze in about 2 months work… cos for two months we contracted out to a conman who was a house builder moving into boats, knowing little about them.  After we sacked him, it took another month to undo damage he had done, and get it all back to the bare bones.

Then two months later my Mum got ill, and I flew back to the UK.  I spent three months there, visiting hospital (and later the hospice, where the care was awesome) every day, cycling around seeing friends and doing a bit of painting.  They were precious days, full of love; and I am glad we had them.

The Last Dinner. Although we didn't know it at the time...

The Last Dinner. Although we didn’t know it at the time…

I already posted back in 2011 about what a wonderful Mum she was, so no need to do it again: Thanks Joy I love you

Being a very supportive husband, Marc came too, and abandoned the boat to support me through my Mum’s Cancer and death early last month.  She passed a few days after we left to take a break, leaving her in my Uncle’s care.  She waited until we landed in Thailand and called her, then she dunked her phone in a bowl of cereal and spiralled down.  It was swift and she bypassed all the humiliation and pain that often comes with a lingering fight against death.  Way to go, Joy!  And I’m fairly sure she chose to go while we were in Thailand… it’s hard to wallow in sorrow in paradise:


All my mates back in Liverpool ask if this is where all those amazing beaches are. I always say yes!

Since then we have been travelling and seeing relatives in the UK (mine) and Andorra (his), which was lovely.  We are blessed that his folks live in one of the BEST ski resorts in the world, so there’s always plenty to do to keep out of trouble before dinner.  Probably about half the time we spend walking, but this time the snow was incredible, so we spent most of our time skiing for a change:

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The ‘Rocket’

.Anyway… now we’re back in Phuket.  Or at least I am.  Marc’s in Kuwait working.  I’ve been here for two weeks but I’m not expected to work… although I have been doing a little bit of teaching.  Before I left I was teaching in KG at a Government School – this time it was 12 year olds.  And the difference it noticeable.  In their drawing skills, as well as their maturity level.  There are some things I just love about my job, and this was one of those moments, when the topic was transport!


Hopefully work on the boat starts again next week. At the moment this is what the deck looks like:


Not perfect, but near as dammit. Awesome job given Marc did the work himself x

I am incredibly impressed.  I cannot believe how multi talented my husband is. But I cannot wait for that boat to be bloody well finished and back in the water so I can swing at anchor on the hammock rather than this blazing heat we have to endure off the tarmac!  Plus I don’t like snakes, spider and cockroaches… so I really am looking forward to this getting finished!

MH370 – The Second Witness

February 28, 2015

OK.  In doing this, I feel like a Judas, but a recent article in the Daily Mail stated that “Ms Tee’s general description of the time and place was vague” [1]. It also says I discredited myself subsequently by publishing my own thoughts on what I thought happened after I saw it, but I’ll leave you to be the judge of that, since you have bothered to find my blog and actually read it.

Yes, my initial publication was vague.  I hadn’t really thought about it, and when I realised that what I had seen might indeed have been MH370 I just blurted it out.  I had no idea about how big this thing was, and if that sounds geopolitically naive, I agree fully. After all, my husband and I moved onto a boat and started cruising to try and escape from the political bullshit that surrounds most peoples lives. Remember, after arriving in Phuket, I had been living alone on a yacht at anchor with no A/C power whilst my husband was away for five weeks at a conference in America and his own work in Kuwait.  Any limited internet access I had was used to communicate with him, as we were trying to fix our marriage after what had been a very stressful passage, resulting in me packing my bags.

Although I had thought about this plane I saw every day, I refused to acknowledge its significance, choosing to believe what I had initially been told about it heading off to Vietnam.  After that I heard very little about the matter since I was burying my head and refusing to show an interest, although it did bother me whenever I heard people speak of it.  Which wasn’t that often, since I also avoided people on the whole.

After the twenty minute phone call from the ATSB on June 3rd, I started to reflect on points which had arisen.  At that stage I could not be certain of the day or the time, except that it was the middle of the night.  However, after the phone call I did recall that the crew who was asleep on deck had woken up due to the sails flapping after I went into an accidental gybe, and it was at his suggestion that I turned the engine on. Despite the dying winds, I had resisted until that point since I didn’t want to wake anyone, having deprived them of sleep over the previous week due to my bad behaviour.

I went below to turn the engine on, and as I came back up, I asked him about the plane, which had borne away by that stage.  I plainly asked him why it was glowing like that.  His response was that he didn’t know, he had never seen anything like it before.  He had previously been an aeronautical engineer, and before becoming a teacher he had worked as an air crash investigator for Saudia Airlines, so I assumed that if it was a plane in distress he would recognise it as such.  So I put down to a magnificent airshow – after all, there were no fighter planes in pursuit, a thought which I processed at that time.  So I wasn’t concerned.  Not then.  His comment laid my fears to rest.

On June 12th I notified the ATSB via email that this crew member had also seen it:

This email which I sent to ATSB on 12th June 2014 was not acknowledged.  Neither did they try to contact the crew to verify he had also seen it.

This email which I sent to ATSB on 12th June 2014 was not acknowledged. Neither did they try to contact the crew to verify he had also seen it.

I received no acknowledgement of this email from ATSB, not even to ask for the identity of our crew member.  They did not approach him independently either.  I did try, several times, over the next few months to contact him and his wife to ask him to come forward.  My emails and Facebook messages on the matter were all ignored.

In December my husband and I booked a flight to visit him and his wife for the day.  We were invited for lunch, and at this stage the crew member told us that although he didn’t recall seeing the plane himself, he did recall me talking about a strange military plane (he was specific about that) whilst on passage.  He also told us the reason he refused to answer my request for support was a conflict of interest.  His daughter was completing an intern-ship as an aviation lawyer at the time, and had been selected to serve on the compensation panel for MH370.  Since intern-ships are hard to come by, he simply didn’t want to jeopardise her job.

I would have preferred to publish this sooner, but refrained from a misplaced respect for his privacy.  I thought that notifying the authorities was enough (I also told most independent investigators who contacted me privately via email).  But even if you are not sure about my timings, I am.  And now you know why.



[1] Read more:

MH370 – Searching The Bay of Bengal was NOT a mistake.

October 31, 2014

I wanted to post this as a reply to my previous Blog Post:  MH370 – What I Think Happened After I Saw It (Do check the replies here, this is where I am adding in links which support my sighting, as I come across them).  I can’t attach images in a reply though, and I do want to show you this one:

From The Wall Street Journal, March 20th 2104

From The Wall Street Journal, March 20th 2104


It’s from an article in the Wall Street Journal back in March, just a few weeks after the aircraft disappeared:  Critical Data Was Delayed in Search for Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

Now, I never really thought about why they were searching the Bay of Bengal – I just assumed it was just a random miscommunication, which so often seems to happen in Asia.  But back then, as far as we knew, the aircraft hooked around Bandeh Aceh then headed South, and this fitted perfectly with Flight Engineer Stewart Stoddart’s report suggesting the plane was suffering an engine fire, and went down further North up that arc than the ‘experts’ thought, but still on that same arc, which is all they know about where the plane ended it’s flight.

But a few months ago, the Inmarsat data was recalculated, and gave new positions for the arcs which the aircraft supposedly crossed. And that threw his careful research out.  His simulated flights, which had matched ALL the data perfectly, were redundant.  But he kept going and made a new flight profile.  It had changed the profile so drastically that he could only fit the timings of those arcs if he threw in an approach to Car Nicobar (and remember, my sighting is consistent with an abandoned approach to Bandeh Aceh).

Stew Stoddart: Graphic Representation of simulated MH370 Flight Path.

Stew Stoddart: Graphic Representation of simulated MH370 Flight Path.

I saw it, accepted it, and moved on.  But having seen this article in The WSJ today, it makes me wonder if they DID have good reason for searching up there. They somehow tracked MH370 up that airway, N571 (commonly used for passages to Tehran, coincidentally), before they lost it, and THAT’S why they were searching up there.

This wasn’t a random miscommunication.  This was an informed search based on their last known data, before they started to hide things and introduce red herrings to distract us all from the truth.



Edit:  More graphic images of the projected flight paths from Stewart AND Richard Godfrey (which both fit with my sighting, radar data AND Inmarsat data) can be downloaded in pdf from here: Stoddart Dropbox

Back to Reality.

October 28, 2014

A few days ago Marc got back from his monthly commute to  Kuwait with a new mobile. His second one in as many months. He bought a new one last month when he was looking for a decent camera to take boat pics with, and it was almost as cheap to get one one a phone and they’re much more slimline than cameras. But his new camera only had one sim card slot. So I get his month old cast off. It’s got a kinda rough feel to it… but I realised today that’s just spray paint from the boat. A but of spit and rub and I’m sure I can sort that! Anyway, what I’m trying to say in 800 words or less is that I now have a decent camera again and will hopefully remember to start taking photos of moments I want to remember. Like this one :


Sundays we go exploring. This Sunday’s walk made us both pine to be back on the sea.

Or this one:


The photo of Mama Pig sans piglets was taken last week (not sure what happened to the colours, but it wasn’t blue when I was there!) just behind our house. There’s a little hill there, and I sometimes walk up it, check out the sea view from the top, then stroll back down again.  The first time I went there a litter of pigs was playing in the road.  The dogs just ignored them.  Then Mama Pig came out of the bushes, and the dogs ran! Thanks, Marc. I love my new toy and I promise I’ll try to keep that boat blog.  You are doing an awesome job. Photos of you laying teak coming up! Hopefully!

MH370 – What I Think Happened After I Saw It.

October 19, 2014

There are not really many realistic theories gallivanting around about MH370.  Only a few of those fit what I saw.  I have referred to a few of them in previous posts.  Of primary importance is Flight Test Engineer Stewart Stoddart’s theory, that what I witnessed was an engine fire which caused MH370 to be flying much more slowly than the ATSB and IG seem to be considering.  His theory, supported over several test flights on a simulator, fitted all the known data, including that from Inmarsat and radar, and put the plane on that 7th arc somewhere near Christmas Island, on a course of waypoints heading to a large empty airport in the NW corner of Australia. The pdf report can be downloaded here:  A SIMULATED FLIGHT OF MH-370 #2

Glowing orange pane in dark

A graphic representation by E Fortuin of the plane I saw that night, best downloaded and viewed on a tablet in the dark, held up a little bit. A few imperfections I’d like to note: firstly I recall the plane being a uniform orange [1] and secondly I don’t recall seeing smoke in front of the plane, only behind it. Otherwise, it’s absolutely perfect.

Stewart worked with a small team, including a graphic artist who illustrated my sighting, after strings of emails discussing everything from the shade and brightness to the stars.  Although I don’t remember which stars I could see at the time, I do remember their intensity.  It was humid, and probably hazy, which would explain the lack of intensity of the stars, and also the ‘halo’ which I saw around the plane.  Also, it is worth noting that the plane was moving, and therefore so was the source of the orange light, which could well have been the reflection of an engine fire.  I’m thinking of the effect sparklers used to give at Guy Fawkes, when we’d all write our names in thin air.  That would also explain why it resembled a missile when approaching from afar – I was seeing a fire from in front.

I want to share Stewart’s most refined observation window, since that illustrates what I saw and when I saw it:

Stew Stoddart: Graphic Representation of MH370 Passing

Stew Stoddart: Graphic Representation of MH370 Passing

Also, I will share the smaller scale graphic, which shows a continuation of where I saw that plane go (I find this quite spooky since it fits with two locations where people have found debris on Tomnod, discussed below):

Stew Stoddart: Graphic Representation of simulated MH370 Flight Path.

Stew Stoddart: Graphic Representation of simulated MH370 Flight Path, two independant analyses, red track by Stewart and green track by Richard Godfrey.  Note Stewart allows line up for an attempted landing on Andamans, and Richard allows a circle in ’empty airspace’.

After Stewart published, though, the Inmarsat data calculations were adjusted and the data then didn’t quite fit his theory AFTER the flight passed me. The data still all fits until it passed by me.  What I know is that I saw what I saw, and the data fits what I saw.  After my sighting, nobody yet knows. Stewart is still reviewing the data, and stated on his own website a few days ago: “Recent simulation flights have clearly indicated that the single-engine portion of the flight as described in the initial thread above must be adjusted. This adjustment is needed because the single-engine configuration maximum true airspeed of 390 knots at 13,000 feet and maximum continuous thrust, can not meet the time and distance requirements of the BTO ping rings. A new route south with new waypoints is being evaluated.” I look forward with eager interest to hear his progress, because it is the ONLY  two theory I have seen  which fit what I saw AND the Inmarsat data, and therefore is the ONLY two theory which would vindicate the world governments or whoever has the capability of faking satellite data.

There, I’ve said it again.  I think the Inmarsat data is, if not fake, at least so redacted and incomplete as to be useless.  I have approached many scientists, including Duncan Steel, Bobby Ulich and others, but NONE of them can give me any proof as to why the data is to be believed. I have heard answers ranging from “I trust my Government” to “They are simply too complicated to be made up”, but nothing solid can be found to prove this data is real.  Not anywhere.

So without SOLID proof of the satellite data, that leaves me to believe that what I saw was indeed what I had been worried I had seen.  That plane was flying at low altitude towards the military convoy we had passed two and three nights previously to this sighting.  Marc drew a chart of where we saw those lights (and subsequently what we believe to be an acoustic target buoy), and emailed it to ATSB in early June:

Marc Horn: Reconstruction of sighting of military vessel.  The yellow diamonds indicate the approximate location in which the vessel was travelling.

Marc Horn: Reconstruction of sighting of military vessel. The yellow diamonds indicate the approximate location in which the vessel was travelling.

Compare the location of that convoy to the direction in which I saw that glowing orange plane flying off to.  On top of that, internet research showed a Chinese flotilla was in the area at the time.  A contributor (Lucy Barnes) on Duncan’s Blog sent me this linkto Hafiz Sulaiman’s article on Malaysia Flying Herald. Interestingly, this post was also pulled after the discussions started about it, apparently since the author is a Malaysian aviation enthusiast with a strong loyalty to his government.  He published a chart which showed the Chinese Flotilla slap bang in the middle of this area.

So, when I put all the bits I saw together, and add in what I have learnt subsequently, I believe my initial belief was probably the correct one.  I believed that this plane was a kamikaze plane, aiming at that military flotilla, and they shot it down.  My belief has changed little.

But, I hear you say, there would have been debris if that had been the case. Perhaps.  It could have made a controlled landing on the ocean and suck intact, leaving minimal trace.  But there IS evidence of debris out there. Several volunteers  who have been crowd sourcing over at Tomnod have found images of debris which have been ignored (or at least met by silence) despite constant notification, in public, to the authorities.

Ana Lucia (@lucia_brazil) was the first to contact me with a theory that it went down West of Bandeh Aceh.  She contacted me via Twitter to show me an image where she had found debris on Tomnod (the debris images have also been published by her on Twitter):



She also sent me copies of eye witness reports from a Malaysian shopkeeper who saw a plane glowing over the sea in that area (Bandeh Aceh Post) West of Bandeh Aceh. And yes, I know, this report seems to have been pulled as well, now.

But, more recently, Michael Blades (@dewrat81) posted this image to Twitter:

Michael Blades: Location of wreckage West of Bandeh Aceh.

Michael Blades: Location of wreckage West of Bandeh Aceh.

So.  In summary.  I believe that MH370 was a brilliantly planned and executed attack either on the Chinese or by the Chinese.  It fits.  After cutting communications on MH370 and evading radar over the Malay Peninsular and up the Malacca Straights, they activated an incendiary device of Lithium Batteries (they also would fit with the colour and glow I saw) then aimed straight at that flotilla.  If it was an attack on the Chinese, then to hijack a plane with twenty odd Chinese intelligence workers who were top level communications researchers and aim it at a Chinese flotilla is MASSIVE.

If that is what happened, then of course the world powers want to hide what happened.  It would be worth faking satellite data and creating false evidence to cover up that sort of horror, if only to prevent WW3.  Don’t forget,  ping rings have before been used to successfully locate a missing plane in the case of AF447, so it is an obvious (if genius) technique to use to fake a trail using this principle. And if the West has helped to cover up this mess, then no doubt China owes them a big one, and will start falling into line and playing the Western Game.  We’ll see.

Perhaps it wasn’t intended as an attack.  Before it’s turn South, MH370 was on an air route usually used for air travel to Iran. Perhaps it was intended as a simple hijack, but something went terribly wrong, like that engine fire, and it turned back to try and make a landing.  Having failed, maybe it flew out to sea for safety (whose safety, I can’t imagine, if it was intended as a terrorist attack anyway), and the guys on that flotilla thought it was a missile aiming at them, since all communications had been cut.  Either way, we’ll never know.

I do find it intriguing that debris resembling a helicopter has been identified in the area of Mike McKay’s sighting, though, over in the Gulf of Thailand. It makes me wonder if perhaps MH370 was simply an innocent victim of military exercises over on that side of the sea… and its subsequent maneuvering was indeed a heroic attempt by the crew to land the plane safely in Penang, Langkawi, car Nicobar, then Bandeh before aborting and setting a safe flight course over open water before losing consciousness. But that wouldn’t explain the lack of communications.

Even if they find a shard of that plane down in those oil/gas fields off Western Australia, the majority of the world will never believe it was a genuine find.  I certainly won’t.  It’s East of Bandeh Aceh.

Edit, 20 Oct:

Duncan Steel closed his blog to comments about a month ago, in order to focus on other things in life.  Since then, discussion (at least by many of the contributors to the DS blog) has moved to here:

For an almost complete compilation of published reports on the matter, this is a reliable source:

Edit, 21 Oct:

I need to offer an apology to Victor Iannello. There is a second theory which I forgot to include, which also fits both my sighting and the satellite data.  Victor speculates that MH370 landed in Bandeh Aceh, offloaded whatever cargo was of value, and then took off again, fly South to ditch the plane.  I initially felt this theory was too far fetched, since it implies that what I saw was a second plane (glowing orange?  Why?), but I actually know nothing that would suggest that his theory could not have happened:  Scenario with a Landing at Bandeh Aceh.

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