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Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Timeline of events on Flight MH370

Published on Mar 9, 2014 7:12 PM
 
Personnel from the Republic of Singapore Airforce scanning the seas about 140 nautical miles northeast of Kota Bahru, Kelantan, for any signs of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane. The RSAF deloyed a C-130 with 18 crew members on board to help search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 over the South China Sea. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 carrying 239 people lost contact with air traffic control some two hours after leaving Kuala Lumpur. It is still missing hours after it had been scheduled to land in Beijing early Saturday morning. Based on current information, here is a timeline:

Saturday, March 8, 2014

12.40 am - Flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200 carrying 227 passengers from 14 nationalities along with 12 crew members, took off from the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.

1.22 am - The plane was meant to transfer to Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh air traffic control but never appeared.

2.41 am - Malaysian air traffic control in Subang lost contact with the plane, some two hours after it left Kuala Lumpur.

6.30 am - The flight did not land in Beijing as scheduled.

7.24 am - MAS announced it had lost contact with the flight.

11.14 am - MAS held a news conference confirming the loss of contact with its aircraft. MAS CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said the last point of contact was about 120 nautical miles east of Kota Baru, in the South China Sea area in airspace bordering Vietnam.

1pm - Second MAS conference scheduled but was delayed. Malaysia, Vietnam and China are working to locate missing plane.

1.41pm - State media reported Vietnam navy said plane crashed into sea near Vietnam's Tho Chu island.

2.33pm - At press conference held in Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia's transport minister said report on MH370 crash in Vietnam was 'not true'.

3.38pm - Plane "could have" crashed into Malaysian maritime territory 153 miles off the coast of Vietnam's Tho Chu island, based on calculations provided by Malaysian rescue authorities, a Vietnam navy officer said.

8.15pm - Chinese President Xi Jinping called for emergency measures to locate the plane.

9.11pm - Vietnamese search team spots two oil slicks in the sea off southern Vietnam.

10.46pm - Reports emerge that one passenger from Italy was not on the flight, his passport had been stolen in Thailand last year.

10.50pm - Vietnamese search team spots column of smoke off Vietnamese coastline

 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

12.04am - Reports say a second passenger, from Austria, was also not on the flight. His passport was stolen two years ago in Thailand. Both the imposters bought their tickets from China Southern Airlines on a code share with Malaysia Airlines.

2.45am - Malaysia's Maritime Enforcement Agency intensifies search operations off the Kelantan coast, where the missing plane was last spotted, after rescuers found a small piece of canvas floating there.

10.02am - Overnight search and rescue operations for the missing plane have turned up nothing, the Malaysian authorities said.

10.42am - Singapore's navy said it has sent two warships and a naval helicopter to help in the six-country search for the plane. This is in addition to a military transport plane that was deployed on Saturday.

11.20am - Malaysian authorities are investigating the identities of at least two other passengers on the flight, in addition to two who were found to be using stolen passports, a security official said.

11.57am - FBI is sending agents to probe disappearance of plane.

1.25pm - Singapore's Ministry of Defence says two military transport planes, a naval helicopter, two warships and a submarine support and rescue vessel are currently involved in the search.

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