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Posted on 03/12/2014 12:33:06 PM PDT by Fitzy_888Edited on 03/12/2014 12:35:14 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
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.”
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
Would the Chinese deny complicity in shooting down the plane, irrespective of what air power was tasked? Consider, would the Soviets for weeks deny the Chernobyl disaster against all logic...yup they sure did.
This whole situation is becoming absurd.
2 days ago, there was a report “the Malaysian Military” tracked it on the Western side of Malaysia, not the Eastern side, where it was supposed to be. Today, the Malaysians’ reply is “sorry - human error. That’s not correct.”
3rd world cultures and government bureaucracies amuse me.
They have backed off the u-turn, Malaysian air force tracking claim. I thought it most likely went down en route.
Because of the certainty and clarity expressing the object was moving in line with his observation point, making no attempt to assert whether it was coming toward him or moving away from his location, I’d say that increases is credibility.
Why on Earth would China shoot down an airliner? They have a very sophisticated intel group. If they wanted somebody dead that person would have an allergic reaction or a heart attack. If they wanted the airliner to go down there would be an “obvious” cause like a failed engine or an electrical short. Why risk becoming the world’s pariah? Remember what the Soviet Union went through after shooting down Korean Airlines flight 007? (They thought it was an American recognizance plane called Cobra Ball. From the angle of their radar the two images crossed. When they separated the Soviets misidentified 007 as Cobra Ball. KAL 007 was off course and passed over a Soviet airbase. It was chased from the rear and the fighter, overextended, fired a missile at extreme range. He never had a visual and could not ID the target as a 747 instead of a 707. The missile flew up an engine and the plane fell several miles while breaking apart. It was a nightmare for the Soviets.)
He’s not a reliable witness since he doesn’t have an official government employee title.
I keep wondering if China shot the plane down thinking it was violating “their” airspace in the South China Sea.
I need to say that this guy, Mike McKay, has provided EVERYTHING needed to find this wreckage. What a perfect, scientific report. All the revelant and supporting data is clearly reported.
He must be an engineer on the rig.
I converted these to Decimal degrees if anybody wants to search the location on google maps.
I’m having trouble believing anything they say, too. This report gives a lot of detail about the siting; bearing, wind, Lat and Long. Everything except the actual time of the observation.
Whoa! That Facebook pix + the coordinates. Finally some real info.
If you want to see where this “sighting” was, you can go to this site and enter the lat & long for the point.
Lat. 08* 22’ 30.23” N, Long. 108*42’ 22.26” E
It's the green arrow.
There have been a number of passenger’s families who have called cell phones on that flight and had someone pick up the calls, and then click off.
I do not believe that can happen when a plane crashes.
If the Chinese had reason to believe the flight was high jacked and headed toward their main land do you think they would hesitate for a second to shoot it down? They kill people even babies all the time to serve the greater good. They are “good” like that.
Someone somewhere saw or heard something and may hesitant to say anything
That so weird
Yeah, they are either incompetent, corrupt or both. In many cases incompetently corrupt. On the other hand the US is very competent and completely corrupt.
Nothing there but a southbound delta winged jet, painted green.
Assuming it’s not a hoax.
If the plane was wildly off its flight plan, it is conceivable that it could have been shot down.
The oil rig guy is nowhere near the flight path.
You would think that FB picture would be a lead story. Not every day one looks out the window of a plane in mid air and see another plane on fire across the sky.
It was never wildly off of its flight path when the transponder quit.
That certainly is within the realm of possibility.
President Obama smugly told Bob Woodward (cited above)that the US could just absorb another 9-11 attack. I think China would absorb an attack, blame it on their Muslim separatists and use it as an excuse to go in and kill thousands. But making themselves the bad guy is very unlikely. It is almost impossible to keep something like this secret. When the Soviet premier came out and said they didn’t shoot down KAL-007, Reagan produced the recording of the ground controllers ordering the pilot to fire his missile. They know better than to lie. It seems very improbable that anybody shot it down. It’s most likely it was hijacked and then crashed due to whatever was going on in the cockpit. Or, it might just have been a spectacular “oops!”
The rig at that location does not match the name in his letter.
Thats a vietnamese rig. His name doesn’t sound Vietnamese.
“The oil rig guy is nowhere near the flight path.”
At this point... What difference does it make?
(Sorry, somebody had to do it...) ;-)
I don’t think anyone picked up the calls. The fact that the phones rang only means that the towers or satellites were trying to connect with the phones.
Besides, all the batteries would be dead by now anyway.
That photo looks horrible. Those poor people!
I call Hoax on the letter.
...3rd world cultures and government bureaucracies amuse me...
yeah just like the USA
It doesn't have to be intentional......Back in November they scrambled jets to investigate U.S. and japanese aircraft in the E. China sea.......and tensions have been increasing in the S. China sea as China is attempting to expand their territorial claim in that area.
As a side note, following the typhoon that hit the Phillipines, the U.S. sent one aircraft carrier, two cruisers and one destroyer plus two supply ships to help in the humanitarian relief.
That's an awful lot of naval force so the question that needs to be asked, was this truly humanitarian relief or a "show of force" to the Chinese who have been rattling their swords in that region?
Malaysia has F/A-18's and might have shot it down. The authorities steered searchers in wrong areas which raises suspicion they don't want evidence found which shows they shot it down.
China, Malaysia or even India could've shot it down.
Put him in front of the cameras and throw some water bottles at him to see what else he knows.
Yes, Mr McKay's email is refreshingly detailed and free of BS and incompetence. Of course, that doesn't mean it actually was MH370 that he saw. Unless the airplane stayed aloft and turned towards him after losing its transponder, the distance would seem to be a little far (365 miles from the point of last contact to Mr McKay's location). From how far on the surface should you be able to see a plane fire at altitude?
The mods deleted my posting of his email, but you can read it on Twitter here (click the image for a legible view).
“That’s an awful lot of naval force so the question that needs to be asked, was this truly humanitarian relief or a “show of force” to the Chinese who have been rattling their swords in that region? “
(In November 2011?) If it was a show of force, can you imagine our metrosexual president authorized it as such? He’d say, “That’s something Bush would do. I’m far more nuanced. I’ll just call them and we’ll talk it out. Then we’ll all smoke a few j’s and it’ll be cool. You’ll see.”
Looking at that photo, it’s unlikely a plane on fire. At that point, it wouldn’t even be in flight.........
You can’t be serious. If China air traffic controllers had ANY indication the flight has been hijacked for the purpose of crashing into their iconic landmarks, skyscrapers or population centers you can bet the farm they’d shoot it down without hesitation.
Witnesses are very unreliable. I remember when flt 800 went down there were dozens of witnesses who saw a missile. After this there were reports in major newspapers about how unreliable eyewitness accounts are.
Interesting. I wonder what would start a fire onboard a plane that would also disable the transponder and passengers’ cell phones. Or what kind of structural or electronics failure onboard would disable it?
I wonder who or what on that plane might have set a fire or caused an explosion.
I wonder whether a particular passenger on that plane was the target of a terrorist attack.
The two Iranians look more and more suspicious, but there may have been others too. Perhaps this is part of the reason the Malays are taking so much time saying anything definitive until they check all of the passengers’ passports with their home governments. Is China cooperating? An earlier report said that China had stopped looking for the plane days ago— perhaps because they knew where it was.
My intuitive take when the plane first went down was that something went wrong inside the plane that brought it down, perhaps something wrong with the structure or with the pilot. Third possibility, passenger(s) was a terrorist. Definitely, it’s under water now.
Not to offend FR scientists, but sometimes a woman’s intuition is correct.
I’ll bet Boeing execs are nervously pacing.
It’s parked on a secret Soros air strip.