Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 Search March 8 thru 21 (still continue) in the Indian Ocean despite disappearance near Vietnam

Saturday, March 8

00:30 GMT Malaysia Airlines released a media statement confirming they lost contact with flight MH370 at 2:40am local time.

"Flight MH370, operated on the B777-200 aircraft, departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41am on March 8, 2014. MH370 was expected to land in Beijing at 6.30am the same day. The flight was carrying a total number of 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members," the airline said in a statement.

Malaysia Airlines said it is currently working with the authorities, who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 carrying 239 people crashed into the sea, reports Vietnamese state media citing a Navy official. The craft disappeared from radars early on Saturday morning over Vietnamese airspace.

Vietnamese Air Force planes have spotted two oil slicks which they suspect may have come from the missing airplane, AP reported. The Air Force said the slicks were discovered off the southern tip of Vietnam and resemble the kind of trail left by fuel from a jetliner.

Sunday, March 9

00:00 GMT   Malaysia Airlines has amended a previous statement, saying it lost contact with MH370 at 1:30 am local time, and not 2:40 am, as earlier reported. The last contact the plane had with air traffic controllers was 120 nautical miles off the east coast of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu, the airline said on Saturday.


Friday, March 21

10:44 GMT:

Search planes looking for two large floating objects detected by a satellite far off the southwest coast of Australia have so far failed to finding anything that could be from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, Australia’s acting prime minister said Friday.

"The last report I have is that nothing of particular significance has been identified in the search today but the work will continue,” said Warren Truss, who is acting prime minister while Tony Abbott is in Papua New Guinea, AP reports.

Truss told reporters that two Chinese aircraft are slated to arrive in Perth on Saturday to join the search, with two Japanese aircraft set to touch down the day after. A small flotilla of ships coming to Australia from China still need several days to reach their destination.

"We are doing all that we can, devoting all the resources we can and we will not give up until all of the options have been exhausted,” Truss said. "We can’t be certain that the sightings are in fact debris from the aircraft (but) it is about the only lead that is around at the present time.”

The search area in the southern Indian Ocean – which is halfway to Antarctica – is so remote is takes aircraft four hours to fly there and four hours back, effectively leaving them two hours to search before the need to turn back.

03:26 GMT:

Two additional Chinese rescue vessels are headed to the southern Indian Ocean in search of the Malaysia Airlines jet, Xinhua reported. The vessels will search area more than 3,000 km southwest of Perth, Australia, around where possible debris from flight MH370 was found on Thursday.

Xinhua added that five more ships will eventually make their way to the southern Indian Ocean.  Full chronology of the search


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