New Zealand Oil Worker Michael McKay Reports Seeing ‘Burning’ Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Go Down off Vietnam
A New Zealander working on an oil rig off the coast of Vietnam has notified authorities that he believes he saw missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 “burning at a high altitude” before going down in flames.
TVNZ reports Michael McKay, a worker on the “Songa Mercur” oil rig off Vung Tao, Vietnam, wrote an email to his employer describing what he saw on Saturday at the time Flight MH370 disappeared over the South China Sea on its journey from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China. There were 239 people on board.
“I believe I saw the Malaysia Airlines plane come down,” wrote McKay. “The timing is right. I tried to contact the Malaysian and Vietnam officials several days ago. But I do not know if the message has been received.”
McKay wrote that he saw the plane “burning at a high altitude.”
“While I observed the burning (plane), it appeared to be in one piece,” he wrote, estimating its location was about 50-70 miles from his rig.
“Surface location of the observation is: Lat 08″ 22′ 30.23″ N; Long 108″ 42′ 22.26″ E”,” he wrote.
“From when I first saw the burning (plane) until the flames went out (still at high altitude) was 10-15 seconds. There was no lateral movement, so it was either coming toward our location, stationary (falling), or going away from our location,” added McKay, whose boss confirmed that the letter was not a hoax.
Vietnamese air traffic management director told BBC that his agency “received an email from a New Zealander who works on one of the oil rigs off Vung Tau.”
ABC’s Bob Woodruff, who received and tweeted a copy of McKay’s email, tweeted that Vietnamese officials found nothing at the location mentioned in McKay’s email.