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Searching For MH370
Transcript of Searching For MH370
KUALA LUMPUR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
March 8, Plane departs at 12:41 am for Beijing.
All crew are Malaysians, and 227 passengers from 14 countries which include 153 Chinese Nationals and 38 Malaysians.
March 8, 01:30am (approx)
MH370 routinely signs off from Malaysian Air Traffic Control, its last communication with civil aviation authorities.
The transponder and ACARS cease to transmit.
For days, it is presumed to have crashed somewhere in the South China Sea.
Later, military radar confirms the plane turns and heads West.
March 8, 02:30AM
Malaysian military radar tracks an unidentified aircraft,
later confirmed to be MH370, as it passes north of
Malaysian military radar loses track of the plane.
March 8, 08:30AM (approx)
MH370 is presumed to have ended its flight somewhere over the southern Indian Ocean, between 1,500 and 2,500km southwest of Perth.
Its approximate location was determined by satellite pings received by Inmarsat.
March 8, later that morning
Malaysian authorities go public that a plane
is missing. Word spreads quickly through
Weather is quickly ruled out as a cause as the sky was clear that day.
A fake report claims the plane landed safely in China. It is soon debunked.
Malaysian authorities, along with Vietnam, begin searching for the plane in the South China Sea, not knowing that the plane had diverted to the West.
Aircraft and satellites spot debris and oil slicks
in the South China Sea.
These are widely speculated to be from MH370.
The oil slicks are later shown to be from ships
and the debris is unable to be recovered.
Tributes call for the plane to return safely.