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Missing MH370: What is known about the plane's flight path so far

Published on Mar 15, 2014 5:22 PM
 
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak disclosed new information on the whereabouts of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared one week ago on March 8. -- FILE PHOTO: BOEING COMPANY

MALAYSIAN Prime Minister Najib Razak disclosed new information on the whereabouts of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared one week ago on March 8. Here is a rundown of what happened early that Saturday morning:

12.41am: The Boeing 777-200ER jetliner carrying 239 people takes off from Kuala Lumpur Interntational Airport for Beijing.

Time unclear: Just before the aircraft reached the east coast of peninsular Malaysia, the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (Acars) was disabled.

About 1.20am: Malaysian air traffic controllers in Kuala Lumpur hand over communications to their Vietnamese counterparts in Ho Chih Minh City. The last words heard from the cockpit were: "All right, goodnight".

Time unclear: Near the border between Malaysian and Vietnamese air traffic control, the aircraft's transponder was switched off.

About 1.23am: Vietnam informs Malaysia that they cannot contact the plane.

2.15am: A military defense radar picks up an unidentified blip 322km north-west of Penang. On Saturday, Mr Najib confirmed the flight picked up by the radar was MH370.

8.11am: Last confirmed communication between the plane and a satellite. Investigators have determined that the plane's last communication with the satellite was in one of two possible corridors: a northern corridor from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to northern Thailand and a southern corridor from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean.

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