Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
A Boeing 777 in Malaysia Airlines livery just after lifting off the runway
The missing aircraft pictured in December 2011
Date8 March 2014 (2014-03-08);
10 years, 1 month and 1 day ago
SummaryInconclusive, some debris found
SiteIndian Ocean, probably southern
Aircraft typeBoeing 777-200ER
OperatorMalaysia Airlines
IATA flight No.MH370
ICAO flight No.MAS370
Call signMalaysian 370
Flight originKuala Lumpur International Airport
DestinationBeijing Capital International Airport

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370)[1] is a missing Malaysia Airlines international passenger flight.[2] The aircraft had 227 passengers and twelve crew members on board.[3]

Flight[change | change source]

Flight 370 left Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at 00:41 on 8 March 2014 (MST; UTC+8) for a scheduled six-hour flight to Beijing Capital International Airport. Subang Air Traffic Control Centre lost contact with the plane at about 01:22, while it was over the Gulf of Thailand. It was reported missing at 02:40.[4]

Investigation[change | change source]

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated to see if terrorism was involved. Two passengers, one from Austria and another one from Italy, were named on the manifest but they were discovered not to have been on board. Their passports had been stolen.[5] Malaysian authorities found identity of two other passengers to be false.[6][7]

Government statements[change | change source]

On 24 March 2014, officials with both Malaysia Airlines and the Malaysian government stated that while the aircraft's whereabouts were still not known, "unparalleled" analyses by the United Kingdom's Air Accidents Investigation Branch and UK satellite company Inmarsat indicated that it had crashed into the southern Indian Ocean. It was presumed by these officials that all 239 people aboard died.[8][9][10]

People on board[change | change source]

People on board by nationality
Nationality Number
 Australia 6
 Belgium 4
 Canada 2
 China 153
 France 4
 Germany 4
 Hong Kong 1
 India 5
 Indonesia 7
 Iran 2
 Malaysia 50
 Netherlands 1
 New Zealand 2
 Philippines 3
 Russia 1
 Taiwan 1
 Ukraine 2
 United Kingdom 10
 United States 4
Total (15 nations and regions) 239

References[change | change source]

  1. "Beijing-bound flight from Malaysia missing". USA Today. 9 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  2. "Terrorism not ruled out in disappearance of Malaysia Airlines jet". Chicago Tribune. 8 March 2014. Archived from the original on 8 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  3. "Malaysia Airlines 'loses contact with plane'". BBC. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  4. "Crash: Malaysia B772 over Gulf of Thailand on Mar 8th 2014, aircraft missing". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  5. "Passengers on Malaysia Airlines plane come from 14 countries, airline says". CNN. Turner Broadcasting System. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  6. "Two more Europeans with suspect identities onboard missing MH370". Malaysian Insider. 9 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  7. Pete Williams; Robert Windrem; Richard Esposito (9 March 2014). "Malaysia Probes Identity of Four Passengers on Missing Jet". NBC. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  8. Branigan, Tania (24 March 2014). "Missing flight MH370 lost in southern Indian Ocean, says Malaysian PM". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  9. "Malaysian prime minister: Missing flight MH370 'ended in Indian Ocean and no one on board survived'". 24 March 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  10. Sevastopulo, Demetri (24 March 2014). "Malaysia says data indicate MH370 crashed into the Indian Ocean". Financial Times. Retrieved 24 March 2014.