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A Timeline of Events Surrounding the Missing Flight MH370
Sunday, 09 March, 2014 | 17:38 WIB
A Timeline of Events Surrounding the Missing Flight MH370

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The search and rescue team still continue to find the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines that went missing on Saturday, March 8, 2014. The Boeing 777-200 plane was boarded with 239 people, including two infants and 12 crew members.

The following is a timeline of events surrounding the missing flight MH370:

 

12:41 am: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 takes off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

 

1:30 am: MH370 signal suddenly disappears from Department of Civil Aviation radar. The aircraft did not enter airspace controlled by China and did not make contact with Chinese controllers.

 

6:40 am: Flight was scheduled to arrive in Beijing, China.

 

10:15 am: False report of flight MH370 making emergency landing in Nanning, China published. Revealed to be untrue within minutes.

 

11:55 amFalse report of Vietnamese aviation authorities receiving the plane's signal is published. Report debunked within minutes.

 

12 pm: 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.

 

12:30 pm: MAS says the last point of contact with flight MH370 was approximately 120 nautical miles east of Kota Baru at the South China Sea.

 

12:50 pm: A Vietnamese rescue official denies that the signal of the missing Malaysian plane MH370 has been detected.

 

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

 

1:10 pm: The Malaysian Embassy in Beijing arranges a hotline for all enquiries relating to missing flight MH370.

 

1:30 pm: 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.

 

2 pm: The passenger list of all onboard is made publicly available.

 

2:20 pm: 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 pm: 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 6 pm Saturday.

 

4:20 pm: Vietnamese government confirms that flight MH370 disappeared in Vietnamese airspace.

 

6 pm: Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines and United States reported to have joined Malaysia in search and rescue operations.

 

7 pm: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak says search area to be expanded.

 

9 pm: Report says Vietnam's Department of Civil Aviation located two giant oil slicks off the southern coast consistent with fuel left behind by crashed jetliner.

 

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