A man has claimed that he has found the skeleton of the pilot of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in the plane's wreckage he discovered in a forest area near the Philippines coastline.

Jamil Omar, a 40-year-old audio-video technician, told the local authorities that while he was on a bird-hunting trip in a forest area near the Philippines coastline, he came across the cockpit of what he believes is the Malaysian Airlines plane that disappeared.

The remains of the pilot were strapped to the seat in the cockpit that he discovered, the man claimed.

Malaysia has been informed about the find. State Commissioner Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman, of Malaysia's Sabah region, told Express.co.uk that he has been informed about the development. "This matter is being investigated," he said.

Malaysian transport minister Liow Tiong Lai said that he had asked the Department of Civil Aviation in Malaysia to investigate the claim.

"I have told the DCA to look into the report. We don't know if the report is true, so we need to verify it first.Let's not speculate and give space to the DCA to conduct its investigation."

The Malaysian plane disappeared on 8 March 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China.

There were 227 passengers and 12 crew members.  The pilot in command was 53-year-old Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah from Penang and his co-pilot was 27-year-old First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid.