McKay, in of his mail to media organisation, wrote, "I believe I saw the Malaysia Airlines plane come down. The timing is right." He claimed thathe had seen a plane burning at high altitude, about 50 to 70 km away from his location.
"...I tried to contact the Malaysian and Vietnam officials several days ago. But I don't know if the message has been received," added the oil rig worker. Meanwhile, media reports said that they have got confirmation about receiving the mail by Vietnam officials.
Continuing his statement in the mail, McKay also wrote, "when he observed the burning (plane), it appeared to be in one piece." While, McKay's statement brought a new twist in the search operation, Vietnam officials confirmed that they could not find any sign of the missing flight as it was earlier claimed by China.
China earlier had claimed that its satellite spotted objects similar to the missing Malaysian Airplane. Following the updates from China, Vietnam decided to send search planes to the place where the missing MH 370 was believed to have been seen.
Search operations for the Malaysia Airlines flight with 239 people on board was extended to the Andaman Sea and India's help sought as international efforts to trace the aircraft yielded no breakthrough.
As the massive 12-nation exercise involving 42 ships and 39 aircraft entered the sixth day, Malaysian civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said its planes were now also searching in the southern part of the Andaman Sea.