Shocked by the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Veteran fisherman reveals shocking discovery in the waters south of Australia.

David Southwell, Daily Mail Australia

Updated on 2023-12-20 00:48 and 2023-12-20 08:52

  • Kit Olver, 77, claims to have salvaged what he believes to be the wing of a missing jet plane off the southeast coast of Australia in September or October 2014.
  • The final resting place of the plane, which went missing on March 8, 2014, with 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board, remains unknown.
  • Olver told authorities at the time, who said it was a shipping container.

A torn net discovered by Australian fishermen may finally provide clues to what happened to the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.

The final resting place of the plane, which disappeared on March 8, 2014 with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board, has yet to be found, despite the most extensive maritime search in world history.

Nine years after the plane went missing, retired Australian fisherman Kit Olver, 77, has revealed that his deep-sea trawler has pulled up what appears to be the wing of a commercial aircraft in the Southern Ocean, about 55km off the southeast coast of South Australia. in September or October 2014.

Most authorities believe Flight MH370 crashed into the southern Indian Ocean.

Retired fisherman Kit Olver, 77, said his deep-sea trawler pulled up what he thought was the wing of a commercial aircraft about 55 kilometres off the south-east coast of South Australia in September or October 2014.
Olver points to the spot where the crew cut their fishing nets after fishing out a large aircraft wing that they couldn’t untangle.

Olver said: Sydney Morning Herald He had been trawling in a secret location for the high-value species of alfonsino when something large got caught in his net and he had difficulty pulling it to the surface.

“It was a giant wing of a giant jetliner,” he told the newspaper.

“I questioned myself and looked for a way out of the situation.”

“I wish I’d never seen anything like that… but there it was. A jet wing.”

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He was a licensed pilot and was certain that the wings were larger than those of a typical private jet.

George Currie, the only surviving crew member of the trawler Vivian Jane, corroborated Olver’s claims to the paper.

“It was incredibly heavy and unwieldy. The netting stretched and tore. It was too big to get on deck,” Mr Currie said.

“As soon as I saw it I knew what it was. It was clearly a civilian aircraft wing, or a large section of one. It was white and definitely not from a military jet or a small plane.”

After struggling all day to free the object, Olver ordered his crew to cut loose the net, worth $20,000, and let it drift into the relatively shallow depths of that part of the Southern Ocean.

Olver said: Tony Wright of the Sydney Morning Herald He pinpointed its location, about 55km west of the South Australian town of Robe, and shared its GPS coordinates.

He said he called the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) as soon as he returned to port to report the find to authorities, and received a call a few hours later from the agency to say the find was likely a shipping container that had fallen from a Russian ship off the coast of Robe.

AMSA told the Sydney Morning Herald it had no record of Mr Olver’s calls.

Olver believed that making his findings public was the right thing to do if it would help the families of MH370’s passengers finally learn the fate of their loved ones.

He told Australia’s Daily Mail newspaper on Wednesday that he no longer had any remorse and would not be answering any further questions from reporters.

A file photo of the crashed jet taken in 2011.

“That’s it,” Olver said. I have stated my views.

“Anything else I can think of is just speculation or assumptions or my own ideas and I’m not really interested in them.

“That was many years ago and it was a matter of my conscience, but now I’ve cleared it and told my story, so whether it’s believed or acted upon is out of my hands.”

Flight MH370 took off from Malaysia shortly before 5pm with 12 crew members and 227 passengers from 14 countries, including 153 Chinese nationals.

At about 5.20pm, Captain Zahari Ahmad Shah responded to Malaysian air traffic control and said: “Contact Ho Chi Minh. Good night.”

Amazingly, the plane “went dark” shortly thereafter and headed back over Malaysia, in the opposite direction to the planned flight path.

Civilian and military radar data showed the plane then headed back across the Straits of Malacca into the vast Indian Ocean.

About seven and a half hours later, Flight MH370 ran out of fuel and crashed into the ocean 11 minutes later, never to be found.

Over the next few years, wreckage from the plane was found as far away as Madagascar, and a total of 41 pieces were recovered.

A National Geographic re-enactment showed the jet crashing into the ocean.
Chinese relatives of passengers from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 attend a prayer service at the Metropark Hotel in Beijing, China, in 2014.
Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 crashed in 2014 with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board, but its fate remains a mystery.

Marine robotics company Ocean Infinity has been searching for the plane for years, and launched a new search in March 2022, offering no reward if it is not found.

Malaysia contracted Ocean Infinity to search for the plane in the southern Indian Ocean in 2018, offering to pay up to $70 million if it was found, but the operation was unsuccessful.

The company’s search comes after a two-year, A$200 million (US$135.36 million) underwater search by Malaysia, China and Australia launched in January 2017 but ended unsuccessfully with no trace of the plane being found.

Earlier this year, families of passengers on MH370 urged the Malaysian government to allow American undersea exploration company Ocean Infinity to launch a new search for the missing plane.

Voice370, a group of relatives of those on the plane, has called on the Malaysian government to accept any proposal from the company on a conditional compensation basis, meaning the company would only be paid if it was successful.

“Ocean Infinity has made great progress over the past 12 months working with many people to further understand the events of 2014,” Voice 370 said in a statement after an event marking the ninth anniversary of the disappearance of flight MH370.

“Ultimately, this greatly increased the chances of the search being successful.”

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