No sign of missing plane at spot pinpointed by satellite
NO SIGNS of the missing Malaysian jetliner have been found at a spot where Chinese satellite images showed what might be plane debris, Malaysia's civil aviation chief said today.
"There is nothing. We went there, there is nothing," Azharuddin Abdul Rahman told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.
Vietnamese officials previously said the area had been "searched thoroughly" in recent days.
A Xinhua report said the images from around 11 am on Sunday appear to show "three suspected floating objects" of varying sizes in a 20km radius, the largest about 24-by-22 meters (79-by-72 feet) off the southern tip of Vietnam.
Chinese satellite may have found missing plane
SATELLITE images on a Chinese government website show suspected debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner floating off the southern tip of Vietnam, near the plane's original flight path, China's Xinhua News Agency reports.
The revelation could provide searchers with a focus that has eluded them since the plane disappeared with 239 people aboard just hours after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on Saturday.
Since then, the search has covered 92,600 square kilometres, first east and then west of Malaysia and even expanded toward India on Wednesday.
The Chinese sighting, if confirmed, would be closer to where the frantic hunt started.
The Xinhua report said the images taken on March 9, one day after flight MH370 disappeared, appear to show "three suspected floating objects" of varying sizes in a 20-kilometre radius, the largest about 24-by-22 meters.
The images originally were posted on the website of China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National defence. That site reports coordinates of a location in the sea off the southern tip of Vietnam and east of Malaysia.
Oil rig worker says he saw missing plane burning in sky
A NEW Zealand oil rig worker has claimed to have seen the missing Malaysian Airlines plane burning in the sky.
Mike McKay told his employers, in an email made public overnight, that he had observed the plane burning at high altitude.
"I believe I saw the Malaysian Airlines plane come down. The timing is right," he said.
"I tried to contact the Malaysian and Vietnam officials several days ago. But I do not know if the message has been received."
Mr McKay said he was on the oil rig Songa Mercur, off south east Vietnam.
When he observed the plane it appeared to be in one piece, he said.
"From when I first saw the burning (plane) until the flames went out (still at high altitude) was 10 to 15 seconds," he wrote.
Several online news outlets have posted the letter, and say the man's employer has confirmed it's authentic.
ABC reported that Vietnam officials confirmed they had received the email but found no wreckage in the area specified.
Meanwhile, relatives of passengers of Flight MH370 angrily turned on a senior Malaysian envoy yesterday - demanding that he provide them with answers as the fifth day of efforts to trace the missing aircraft once again came up empty.
Up to 400 relatives of Chinese passengers who had boarded the Malaysia Airlines jet attended a meeting at Beijing's Metropark Lido hotel with Malaysia's ambassador. Some shouted at him and one threw a bottle of water.
"Is the envoy asleep?" one of the relatives yelled during the tense two-hour meeting.
The envoy, Datuk Iskandar Sarudin, told the relatives that the last words spoken with the pilots of the Boeing 777 were routine communications with air-traffic controllers in Kuala Lumpur, as the plane neared Vietnamese airspace.
"We are handing you over to the zone under Ho Chi Minh," one of the controllers said. "All right, good night," a pilot replied.
The envoy assured the relatives Malaysia was doing all it could and that he would pass on all their concerns to the authorities in Kuala Lumpur.
But in truth, there was very little more he could tell them; five days after the Malaysia Airlines plane disappeared with its 239 passengers and crew, officials apparently still have no idea what happened.
The meeting between the relatives and Malaysia's ambassador - detailed by The Straits Times newspaper - took place hours before officials in Kuala Lumpur announced their search had again been extended and that 39 planes and 42 ships from 12 nations were now searching more than 27,000 nautical square miles of ocean.