Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370
On Saturday 8th March 2014 Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing. The aircraft has not been found and the reasons for its' disappearance are not known.
The Boeing 777 had a crew of 12 and carried 227 passengers. Flight MH370 departed Kuala Lumpur at 00:42 am and was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 am. Instead, the flight is believed to have ended in the southern Indian Ocean.
The families of those 239 people struggle to cope with their loss and have endured an emotional roller coaster since the first news release stating that Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH370 has lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, today (8 March 2014). More accurately, air traffic controllers lost contact with flight MH370 at around 1:21 am MYT.
The loss of MH370 is being investigated by the Royal Malaysia Police, an international team called the The Malaysian ICAO Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team for MH370, and a Judicial Inquiry in France.
Searches for the wreckage of the aircraft, a Boeing 777-ER registered 9M-MRO, have been conducted by international efforts in the South China Sea, the Andaman Sea, and the Indian Ocean.
The surface search in the southern Indian Ocean has been documented by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, and the sub-surface search has been documented by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. The search areas have been guided by calculations using satellite communications data transmitted from the aircraft 9M-MRO and recorded by Inmarsat. In 2018 another search in the southern Indian Ocean was performed by the American company Ocean Infinity.
To date, only fragments of the aircraft have been recovered, the largest piece of debris being a flaperon washed ashore on Reunion Island.
- The aircraft did not actually vanish or disappear. It was tracked by military radar. Flight MH370 diverted and was reported missing, as described in the Preliminary Report.
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