The Search for MH370
Saturday, March 8
3.41am (Australian time): Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 takes off from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people, including 12 crew, scheduled to arrive in Beijing just under six hours later.
5.40am: The plane disappears from Malaysian radar.
3pm: Vietnam confirms the plane went missing in its airspace.
5.30pm: Vietnamese media claim that a navy official said the plane had crashed into the sea between Vietnam and Malaysia is later denied.
9pm: Six Australian passengers confirmed to be on flight, plus a Perth-based New Zealander.
Italian Luigi Maraldi and Austrian Christian Kozel, believed to be on the plane, contact authorities to say their passports had been stolen.
A report emerges that a pilot who made contact with missing plane received no distress call.
Investigators check CCTV footage of two passengers using stolen passports.
Search area widened after reports the plane might have tried to turn back.
Two oil slicks spotted by Vietnam air force planes in South China Sea.
FBI called in to investigate possible terrorism link.
Malaysia dismisses the objects in South China Sea as not from the plane and intensifies its search efforts.
Senior Malaysian investigator says it is likely the plane ‘‘disintegrated at around 35,000 feet’’.
Malaysian authorities say the most likely cause is a catastrophic mid-air explosion caused either by a bomb or a highly unusual technical fault brought about by sabotage, hijack or ‘‘mental or personality problems’’.
Stolen passport holders identified as Iranians.
Co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid revealed to have once invited young women into the cockpit.
Malaysian authorities admit they are unsure which direction the plane was flying when it disappeared, saying it might have turned back two hours into the flight.
Pilot’s final words released: ‘‘All right. Good night.’’
Chinese government releases satellite images of ‘‘floating objects’’ in the ‘‘suspected crash area’’ in the Gulf of Thailand.
Revealed that communications signals continued for four hours after the plane disappeared.
Satellite data shows the plane flew for seven hours after communications equipment was turned off, possibly towards Iran or south-west to the Indian Ocean.
Police raid homes of pilots Zaharie Ahmad Shah and Fariq Abdul Hamid.
Media reports a British-born al-Qaeda supergrass claims a handful of Malaysian men were planning a shoe bombing on the MH370.
Malaysia Airlines reveals plane’s communications were deliberately turned off.
New Straits Times reports the plane may have flown at low altitude to avoid radars.
Revealed that someone altered the flight path by typing a code into a flight management system.
Australian-led search of the Indian Ocean begins.
Malaysian defence minister asks US to share data from Pine Gap bases in Australia.
Images released of potential wreckage 2300 kilometres south-west of Perth.
Australia dispatches four Orion P3 maritime surveillance planes and RAAF C-130 Hercules aircraft, New Zealand sends another and the US sends a Poseidon submarine-hunting plane.
Revealed that US satellite supplied the images of the floating debris.
University of Western Australia oceanographer says the debris may have originated 500 kilometres away.
Chinese satellite identifies another large object in the Indian Ocean.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott tells Parliament more possible wreckage been spotted. March 25
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announces MH370 crashed into the southern Indian Ocean killing all on board.
Australia’s HMAS Success only ship in the southern search area. Ten Chinese ships and six Malaysian vessels, with three ship-borne helicopters, expected on Tuesday.
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