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Flight MH370 Timeline


Flight MH370 Timeline

  • Mar. 8: Departs Kuala Lumpur at 12:41am local time for Beijing
    Air traffic controllers lose contact with the plane around 1:30am
    Vietnam launches search operation, two oil slicks are spotted but are not related to plane

  • Mar. 9: Malaysia suggests plane may have strayed off course
    Debris spotted off Vietnam, but it is not from the airplane

  • Mar. 10: Search radius expanded, as China urges Malaysia to speed up investigation
  • Mar. 11: Search extended to western side of Malaysian peninsula
  • Mar. 12: Chinese satellite images of possible debris are released and determined not to be related to the plane
  • Mar. 13: Malaysia rejects Wall Street Journal report that MH370 flew for four hours after its last known contact
  • Mar. 14: Search now includes South China Sea, Malacca Strait and Indian Ocean
    Media reports say MH370 communications system continued to ping a satellite hours after plane disappeared
  • Mar. 15: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says someone on MH370 likely turned off its communications systems
  • Mar. 17: 26 countries now involved in the search
  • Mar. 19: FBI analyzes flight simulator data from the home of the MH370 pilot
  • Mar. 20: Australian aircraft investigate possible debris in a remote area of the southern Indian Ocean
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