A crew member on board Songa Offshore’s drilling rig, the Songa Mercur, drilling offshore Vietnam, notes in an email he may have witnessed the missing Malaysian plane on fire at a high altitude. He writes:
Gentlemen. I believe I saw the Malaysian Airlines flight come down. The timing is right.
I tried to contact Malaysian and Vietnamese officials days ago. But I do not know if the message has been received.
I am on the oil ring Songa-Mercur off the coast of Vung Tau.
‘The surface location of the observation is
Lat 08 deg 22′ 30.20″ N
Long 108 deg 42 ‘ 22.26″ E
I observed (the plane?) burning at high altitude at a compass bearing of 265 to 275.
It is very difficult to judge the distance but I would say 50 to 70 kms along the compass bearing 260-277.
While I observed (the plane) it appeared to be in one piece.
The sea surface current at our location is 2-2.3 knots in the direction of 225-230.
The wind direction has been E-ENE averaging 15-20 knots.
From when I first saw the burning (plane?) until the flames went out (at high altitude) was 10-15 seconds. There was no lateral movement so it was either coming toward our position, stationary (falling) or going away. The general position of the observation was perpendicular / south west of the normal flight paths.
(We see the con trails every day) and at a lower altitude than the normal flight paths or on the compass bearing 265 to 275 intersecting the normal flight paths at normal altitude but further away.
Michael Jerome McKay
Position of the alleged sighting: