People on the Bund look at a building with lights forming
the words MH370, the flight number of the missing Malaysia
Airlines plane, in Shanghai, China. REUTERS/Aly Song
A New Zealand oil rig worker has claimed to have seen the
missing Malaysian Airlines plane burning in the sky.
Mike McKay told his employers, in an email made public
overnight, that he had observed the plane burning at high
"I believe I saw the Malaysian Airlines plane come down. The
timing is right," he said.
"I tried to contact the Malaysian and Vietnam officials
several days ago. But I do not know if the message has been
Mr McKay said he was on the oil rig Songa Mercur, off south
When he observed the plane it appeared to be in one piece, he
"From when I first saw the burning (plane) until the flames
went out (still at high altitude) was 10 to 15 seconds," he
Several online news outlets have posted the letter, and say
the man's employer has confirmed it's authentic.
ABC reported that Vietnam officials confirmed they had
received the email but found no wreckage in the area