Following reports of the sightings of a wreckage containing human remains in an isolated Philippine island, media and the public are increasingly latching on to the possibility that the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has finally been found.
However the official reply is that no such aircraft wreckage has been seen nor recovered. The recent claims have been the source of confusion as Philippine officials say that reports that a fuselage with the imprint of the Malaysian flag was discovered by a handful of civilians during a bird hunting excursion in the remote Tawi-Tawi island in southern Philippines, New Zealand's Stuff reports.
Recent reports have also presented a conflicting version of whether the discovery was made by a woman or a teenaged boy. The report allegedly details how the discovery involved "many human skeletons." This report was confirmed by police commissioner Jalaludin Abdul Rahman of Borneo.
Meanwhile, Philippine Police Chief Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar debunked the claims as a Philippine naval task force found no traces of the alleged ruins and remains during the investigation. Yahoo News reports that deputy police director of Tawi-Tawi, Superintendent Glenn Roy Gabor said that he sent people to the site of the plane wreck but that the "results were negative."
Another reason why the recent reports of MH370 in Tawi-Tawi seem unlikely is that it does not add up with the seven-foot flaperon found washed up on a beach on the French Reunion island in the Indian Ocean in July. Numerous land masses between the two spots will prevent pieces of the aircraft from floating into locations too far from one another.
The Stuff mentions that it is these conflicting reports that fuel dozens of conspiracy theories surrounding the plight of the Boeing 777 aircraft that vanished into thin air on March 8, 2014.
One early theory hinted that the plane was abducted by aliens while another that it landed on Mars. Though far from being intentional, the bizarre theories have left the grieving families in even greater pain and are far from bringing closure and resolution for those who were left behind.
One of these is Danica Weeks, wife of flight MH370 victim Paul Weeks, who lives in Australia's Sunshine Coast with sons Lincoln and Jack. She believes the latest reports will build false hope and send families on "another wild goose chase."
Yahoo News also says that Sarb Johal, associate professor in disaster mental health at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University/GNS Science, said that these reports could not possibly help the surviving families move on from the tragedy.