Malaysian Airlines MH 370 Flight disappearance: Timeline of events

Mar 12 2014, 15:26 IST
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A relative cries as she arrives at a hotel designated as a holding area for family members of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner MH370. (AP) A relative cries as she arrives at a hotel designated as a holding area for family members of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner MH370. (AP)
SummaryHere is a timeline of events in the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner MH 370, which vanished from radar screens on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Here is a timeline of events in the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines MH 370 which vanished from radar screens on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing early on Saturday. With location of the missing plane in doubt and no new clues forthcoming, Malaysian authorities have approaches India for help in launching a search near Andaman islands.

SATURDAY, MARCH 8

- Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 Flight departs at 12:21 a.m. (1421 GMT Friday), and is due to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. (2230 GMT) the same day. On board the Boeing 777-200ER are 227 passengers and 12 crew.

- Airline loses contact with plane between 1-2 hours after takeoff. No distress signal and weather is clear at the time.

- Missing plane last has contact with air traffic controllers 120 nautical miles off the east coast of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu.

- Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam says plane failed to check in as scheduled at 1721 GMT while flying over sea between Malaysia and Ho Chi Minh City.

- Flight tracking website flightaware.com shows plane flew northeast over Malaysia after takeoff and climbed to altitude of 35,000 feet. The flight vanished from website's tracking records a minute later while still climbing.

- Malaysia search ships see no sign of wreckage in area where flights last made contact. Vietnam says giant oil slick and column of smoke seen in its waters.

- Two men from Austria and Italy, listed among the passengers on a missing Malaysia Airlines flight, are not in fact on board. They say their passports were stolen.

Malaysia Airliner missing

SUNDAY, MARCH 9

- Malaysia Airlines says fears worst and is working with U.S. company that specialises in disaster recovery.

- Radar indicates flight may have turned back from its scheduled route to Beijing before disappearing.

- Interpol says at least two passports recorded as lost or stolen in its database were used by passengers, and it is "examining additional suspect passports".

- Investigators narrow focus of inquiries on possibility plane disintegrated in mid-flight, a source who is involved in the investigations in Malaysia tells Reuters.

MONDAY, MARCH 10

- The United States review of American spy satellite imagery shows no signs of mid-air explosion.

- As dozens of ships and aircraft from seven countries scour the seas around Malaysia and south of Vietnam, questions mounted over whether a bomb or hijacking could have brought down the Boeing airliner.

- Hijacking

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