Kiwi oil field worker Mike McKay says he was fired for reporting to authorities what he believed was the ill-fated MH370.
McKay was working on a rig offshore in the Gulf of Thailand when he says he saw the plane on fire.
He emailed his employers, urging them to forward his claim to the government.
McKay also emailed Vietnamese authorities and the New Zealand Embassy a few days after the sighting.
“Gentlemen. I believe I saw the Malaysian Airlines flight come down. The timing is right,” McKay said in his letter.
“I observed (the plane?) burning at high altitude at a compass bearing of 265* to 275*.”
After his report was leaked to the media, McKay says his contractor, Songa Offshore, received so many calls it blocked their communications channels.
“This became intolerable for them and I was removed from the rig and not invited back,” he told the Sunday Star Times .