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‘This is where MH370 crashed’: Fisherman claims he SAW plane go down and recorded the EXACT location on GPS, saying: 'It moved like a broken kite... no noise, just smoke'

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 16/01/2019 Miranda Aldersley

An Indonesian fisherman who claims to know the exact spot where the ill-fated MH370 plane crashed into the Sumatra sea has handed over the co-coordinators to investigators.

Rusli Khusmin, 42, says he and his crew members witnessed the disaster, in which a Beijing-bound Malaysian Airlines flight carrying 239 people disappeared, on the morning of March 8, 2014.  

Rusli recorded the co-ordinates of the site where he says the plane entered the water on a GPS device and held up a map to show reporters. 

a man holding a phone: Rusli Khusmin, 42, a fisherman from Indonesia, shows his GPS navigator which he used to record the co-ordinates of the spot where he believes MH370 went down © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Rusli Khusmin, 42, a fisherman from Indonesia, shows his GPS navigator which he used to record the co-ordinates of the spot where he believes MH370 went down

At a news conference today in Subang Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur where MH370 took off, he recalled a seeing a damaged aircraft and thick black smoke.  

a close up of a map: Rusli says this spot in the Sumatra Sea between Malaysia and Indonesia is the final resting place of MH370 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Rusli says this spot in the Sumatra Sea between Malaysia and Indonesia is the final resting place of MH370 'I saw the plane moving from left to right like a broken kite,' he said. 'There was no noise, just black smoke as a result of fires before it crashed into the water.'

a person holding a sign: CASSA Malaysia president Dr Jacob George shows the co-ordinates of where the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is believed to has crashed during a news conference on January 16, 2019 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited CASSA Malaysia president Dr Jacob George shows the co-ordinates of where the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is believed to has crashed during a news conference on January 16, 2019 There was a strong smell of acidic fumes in the air before the plane went down, he added.

a group of people around each other: Rusli Khusmin (second right), swears on the Koran, as he claims to have witnessed the what he believes to have been the MH370 crash into the Sumatra Indonesia Sea © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Rusli Khusmin (second right), swears on the Koran, as he claims to have witnessed the what he believes to have been the MH370 crash into the Sumatra Indonesia Sea Rusli was flown in from Indonesia for the news conference at the Lake View Club in Subang Jaya, where he swore an oath of truth over the Koran.

a close up of a sign: According to local news reports, after years of attempts to find the crash site, the Malaysian government halted the investigation © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited According to local news reports, after years of attempts to find the crash site, the Malaysian government halted the investigation

He has handed over his data containing evidence of the site of impact to CASSA, a Malaysian NGO. 

a man holding a sign posing for the camera: Rusli spoke to the media during a news conference on January 16, 2019 in Subang Jaya outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Rusli spoke to the media during a news conference on January 16, 2019 in Subang Jaya outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Dr Jacob George, president of CASSA, said he would now officially send the evidence to the Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. 

After years of attempts to find the crash site, the Malaysian government halted the investigation, having admitted that they still do not know what happened to the airplane

a circuit board: Rusli and his crew members, who claim that they were in the vicinity of the crash on the morning of March 8th, 2014, handed over their GPS tracker to a Malaysian NGO  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Rusli and his crew members, who claim that they were in the vicinity of the crash on the morning of March 8th, 2014, handed over their GPS tracker to a Malaysian NGO 

There have been countless theories about what happened to the plane, and its disappearance is one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history. 

a man holding a sign: The fishermen say they witnessed a damaged aircraft, black smoke and the smell of acidic fumes before the aircraft crashed © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The fishermen say they witnessed a damaged aircraft, black smoke and the smell of acidic fumes before the aircraft crashed Last month, Professor Martin Kristensen, an engineer at Aarhaus University in Denmark, published a mathematical analysis of the flight data, and claimed the plane went down near Australia's Christmas Island. 

Following a series of advanced mathematical calculations, Prof Kristiansen proposed a new search zone and said that the probability of finding the plane there was 'above 90 per cent.'  

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