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Updated December 20th, 2023 at 22:22 IST

Aussie Fisherman's startling MH370 Discovery: 'I Wish I'd Never Seen the Thing'

An Australian fisherman, Kit Olver, claimed to have found a large piece of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370

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An Australian fisherman, Kit Olver, claimed to have found a large piece of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 | Image:Unsplash
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An Australian fisherman, Kit Olver, claimed to have found a large piece of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 but alleges authorities ignored his discovery. Olver disclosed the startling find more than nine years after the plane disappeared. MH370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, vanished on March 8, 2014, and despite an extensive search, its wreckage was never located.

Aussie fisherman finds a piece of missing MH370

Olver disclosed that his trawling net had snagged what he believed to be a wing of the commercial plane just six months after it disappeared. Despite not speaking about it for years, the 77-year-old has now decided to share his story with the world. "It was a bloody great wing of a big jet airliner," said Olver. "I've questioned myself; I've looked for a way out of this. I wish to Christ I'd never seen the thing... but there it is. It was a jet's wing," he added.

The fisherman mentioned that the wing was larger than that of a private plane. Olver recalled that the note of his trawler's engine deepened, and its exhaust temperature rose as he attempted to bring the plane part to the surface. George Currie, the only other surviving member of Olver's crew present on the day of the discovery, described the challenge they faced in pulling out the wing. "It was incredibly heavy and awkward. It stretched out the net and ripped it. It was too big to get up on the deck," Currie, now 69, told the Sydney Morning Herald.

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"As soon as I saw it, I knew what it was. It was a wing, or a big part of it, from a commercial plane. It was white, and not from a military jet or a little plane," he added. The crew members on the trawler were compelled to cut the $20,000 net after they were unable to lift the plane piece onto their vessel. Olver asserted that he could still provide authorities with the coordinates of where he discovered the wing, indicating that the plane part rested at a relatively shallow depth on the sea floor. He identified the area as approximately 55 kilometres west of the South Australian town of Robe, describing it as his secret trawling area for fish.

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Published December 20th, 2023 at 22:22 IST

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