Oil worker's claim of burning plane 'in one piece' being probed

Oil worker's claim of burning plane 'in one piece' being probed

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A member of the Indonesian Air Force at Medan city military base inspects the Indonesian military search operation for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 on March 12, 2014 in the area of Malacca Strait, a sea passageway between Indonesia (seen left of the map) and Malaysia (seen top left of the map). Malaysia faced a storm of criticism on March 12 over contradictions and information gaps in the hunt for a missing airliner with 239 people on board, as the search zone dramatically veered far from the intended flight path. AFP PHOTO / ATAR (Photo credit should read ATAR/AFP/Getty Images)

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by NBC News

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Posted on March 12, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 12 at 11:20 AM

An oil worker's claim that he saw a burning plane plunge into the seas near the last known location of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is being probed by investigators, officials said Wednesday.

The email from Michael Jerome McKay said he was on the Songa Mercur rig in the South China Sea when he saw the plane came down. Providing detailed coordinates, he said the plane was in "one piece" when it came down.

Malaysia's ministry of transportation was aware of the email according to his spokesman and they are investigating the claims.

They will release any information immediately if McKay's claims are proven to be true, the spokesman added.

More than 27,000 square nautical miles of sea are being searched in an “unprecedented” 12-nation effort, officials said Wednesday, as the hunt for the missing jet entered its fifth day.

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