17 days after it vanished, Malaysia PM says MH370 is believed to have crashed into the Indian Ocean.
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 carrying 239 people vanished about an hour after taking off from Malaysia’s capital of Kuala Lumpur for Beijing at 12.41am on March 8.
After 17 days of intense search efforts involving more than two dozen countries, Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed during a press conference on Monday night (Mar 24) that the flight came down in the Indian Ocean, and is believed that none on board survived.
"It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean," Najib told a press conference, citing new satellite information.
In a text message to relatives, Malaysia Airlines says it "deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived,"
Here is a timeline of events:
Saturday, Mar 8, 2014
12.41 am: Flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200 carrying 239 people - 227 passengers from 14 nationalities, along with 12 crew members - takes off from Kuala Lumpur.
1.22 am: The plane was meant to transfer to Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh air traffic control but never appeared.
2.40 am: The plane loses contact with Malaysian air traffic control in Subang. No distress signal is given, and weather is clear at the time.
6.30 am: The flight does not land in Beijing as scheduled.
7.24 am: MAS announces it had lost contact with the flight.
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