New Zealand oil rig worker Mike McKay, who works on the floating oil drilling platform “Songa Mercur” drilling platform in the South China Sea, sends an e-mail to his bosses claiming he saw a plane go down in flames from his post on the rig, and believes it may be the missing aircraft:
I believe I saw the Malaysian Airlines plane come down. The timing is right. … 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, or going away from our location.
ABC’s Bob Woodruff verifies that the e-mail is genuine:
Vietnamese officials received email from oil rig worker who says he spotted burning object off the coast of SE Vietnam @GMA
— Bob Woodruff (@BobWoodruff) March 12, 2014
Vietnamese officials search the site of the presumed crash and find nothing.