Saturday, March 8, 2014

Missing MAS flight: Timeline of events

12.41am: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 takes off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). The Boeing 777-200 was ferrying 239 people on board, including two infants, and 12 crew members. 38 on board are reported to be Malaysian.

2.40am: Radar contact is lost in Vietnamese airspace. The aircraft did not enter airspace controlled by China and did not make contact with Chinese controllers. (

6.40am: Flight was scheduled to arrive in Beijing, China.

12pm: In a press conference in Sepang MAS group chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said that the passengers of flight MH370 are of 14 different nationalities.

The passengers are made up of 153 Chinese nationals, 38 Malaysians, 12 Indonesians, six Australians, three French, four Americans, two from Ukraine, New Zealand and Canada respectively and one each from Russia, Taiwan, Italy, Netherlands and Austria. The flight was a codeshare with China Southern Airlines (
12.30pm: MAS says the last point of contact with flight MH370 was approximately 120 nautical miles east of Kota Baru at the South China Sea.(

12.50pm: A Vietnamese rescue official denies that the signal of the missing Malaysian plane MH370 has been detected (

1pm: China dispatches two maritime rescue ships to the South China Sea to help in search and rescue operations for the missing flight MH370 (

1.10pm: The Malaysian Embassy in Beijing arranges a hotline for all enquiries relating to missing flight MH370. All calls related to the incident can be directed to +86 10 6532 2531/2/3. (

1.30pm: A statement posted on the official Vietnamese government website said that the plane lost contact near Ca Mau province airspace as it was preparing to transfer to Ho Chi Minh City air traffic control. The transfer never took place (
2pm: The passenger list of all onboard is made publicly available (

2.20pm: Unofficial reports in Vietnamese and Chinese media have quoted the Vietnamese Navy as saying that flight MH370 went down in the South China Sea. Rescue ships have been dispatched to the area, says Al-Jazeera (
3.00pm: The Malaysian Navy are in communication with its Vietnamese counterpart to verify reports of the sighting of the wreckage of flight MH370 near an island in southern side of the country (

MAS asks for two next of kin of each passenger to be at KLIA at 6pm Saturday (

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