- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff has obtained a letter that an oil rig worker in Vietnam wrote to his employer claiming he saw Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 go down in flames.

Mr. Woodruff tweeted an image of the letter saying, “Oil rig worker claims in employer confirmed letter-he saw the plane go down. Vietnamese say they found nothing.” 

The letter, by Michael Jerome McKay, alleges that he observed the plane “burning at a high altitude” while he was aboard the oil rig “Songa Mercur” off Vung Tau.

He notes that the 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 10-15 seconds,” he wrote. “There was no lateral movement, so it was either coming toward our location, stationary (falling), or going away from our location.”

“The surface location of the observation is: Lat 08” 22’ 30.23” N; Long 108” 42’ 22.26” E,” he said.

Mr. Woodruff warned that Vietnamese officials are investigating as the details in Mr. McKay’s letter could be a hoax.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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