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FOUND: Perplexing Reports of a ‘Skeleton Plane’

A plane wreck in a whole different part of the world (Photo: Unsplash/Pixabay)

When Jamil Omar’s aunt came to visit, she had a strange story to tell him. A nephew and his friends, Free Malaysia Today reports, had gone bird hunting in the forest on the island of Sugbai in the Phillippines’ Tawi-Wait province, not far from Malaysia. And they had found a plane full of “many skeletons.” The pilot was still belted into the front seat. 

Omar, who lives in Malaysia, called the report into the police: The teenagers said they had found a Malaysian flag in the plane, and he thought it possible that the skeleton plane they’d found could be the lost MH370 flight.

That, authorities say, is unlikely. Debris that appeared on the Indian Ocean island of Réunion recently has been confirmed to belong to the lost plane, and it wouldn’t be possible for that to be true and for this to be the plane. When police went to investigate, they found that the locals hadn’t seen a plane crash anytime recently. Nor did anyone they talked to know of a skeleton plane on the island. 

But given this plane is unlikely to be MH370, a whole new mystery opens up: What flight was it? Where did it come from? How long has it been sitting there? Does it even exist?

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