VN to meet oil-rig worker who reportedly saw MH370 crash

The Foreign Ministry of Vietnam has directed Vung Tau authorities to meet an oil-rig worker who claimed that he saw the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 crash off the country’s southern coast Saturday morning

McKay's email.

The Foreign Ministry of Vietnam has directed authorities in Vung Tau to meet an oil-rig worker who claimed that he saw the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 crash off the country’s southern coast Saturday morning.

Nguyen Ngoc Hung, director of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province's Foreign Affairs Office, confirmed this information with Tuoi Tre at 10:30pm on March 13.  

New Zealander Michael Jerome McKay, who is working on Songar Mercur oil-rig off Vung Tau, claimed in an email to his employers that he saw the plane crash about 50 to 70 km away from his location.

“I believe I saw the Malaysia Airlines plane come down. The timing is right” – the man wrote. “I tried to contact the Malaysian and Vietnam officials several days ago. But I don’t know if the message has been received.”

McKay said the surface location of the observation is Lat 08 22’ 30.20” N Lat 108 42.22.26” E and the possible plane appeared to be in one piece. “From when I first saw the burning (plane) until the flames went out (still at high altitude) was 10 to 15 seconds” - he said.   

Vietnamese naval officer Le Minh Thanh told America’s ABC News that Vietnam has sent a plane to the area to investigate the man’s claims but the search was fruitless.

ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff, who obtained a copy of Mckay’s email, twitted that Richard Beaton at Japanese Idemitsu Oil & Gas Co, who hired Songa Mercur to drill, confirmed with him that McKay’s email is real.

 

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