Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappearance, disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet on March 8, 2014, during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The disappearance of the Boeing 777 with 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board led to a search effort stretching from the Indian Ocean west of Australia to Central Asia.
Flight 370 took off at 12:41 am local time. It reached a cruising altitude of 10,700 metres (35,000 feet) at 1:01 am. The Aircraft Communication Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), which transmitted data about the aircraft’s performance, sent its last transmission at 1:07 am and was subsequently switched off. The last voice communication from the crew occurred at 1:19 am, and at 1:21 am the plane’s transponder, which communicated with air-traffic control, was switched off, just as the plane was about to enter Vietnamese airspace over the South China Sea. Thai military radar detected at 1:28 am what was likely flight 370 near its last known position; instead of continuing its route to the northeast, it was heading to the west. At 2:15 am Malaysian military radar possibly detected the plane over the Strait of Malacca, flying northwest. An Inmarsat satellite in geostationary orbit over the Indian Ocean received hourly signals from flight 370 and detected the plane for the final time at 8:11 am.
Initial searches for the plane concentrated on the South China Sea. After it was determined that flight 370 had turned to the west shortly after the transponder was switched off, search efforts moved to the Strait of Malacca and the Andaman Sea. On March 15, a week after the plane had disappeared, the Inmarsat contact was disclosed. Analysis of the signal could not locate the plane precisely but did determine that the plane might have been anywhere on two arcs, one stretching from Java southward into the Indian Ocean southwest of Australia and the other stretching northward across Asia from Vietnam to Turkmenistan. The search area was then expanded to encompass the Indian Ocean southwest of Australia on the southern arc and Southeast Asia, western China, the Indian subcontinent, and Central Asia on the northern arc. On March 24 Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that, based on analysis of the final signals, Inmarsat and the U.K. Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) had concluded that the flight crashed in a remote part of the Indian Ocean 2,500 km (1,500 miles) southwest of Australia. Thus, it was extremely unlikely that anyone on board survived.
The search for wreckage continued. However, it was hampered by the remote location of the crash site. Beginning on April 6, an Australian ship detected several acoustic pings possibly from the Boeing 777’s flight recorder (or “black box”) about 2,000 km (1,200 miles) northwest of Perth. Further analysis by the AAIB of the Inmarsat data also found a partial signal from the plane at 8:19 am that was consistent with the location of the acoustic pings. The last acoustic pings were heard on April 8. If the signals were from flight 370, the flight recorder was likely at the end of its battery life, and further searches were conducted using an unmanned submarine.
In the weeks following the plane’s disappearance, possible explanations for what had happened to flight 370 ranged broadly from mechanical failure to pilot suicide. The loss of the plane’s ACARS and transponder signals, however, spurred ongoing speculation about some form of hijacking as a likely possibility. However, there were no immediate claims of responsibility by any individual or group, and it seemed unlikely that hijackers would have flown the plane to the southern Indian Ocean.
The first piece of debris was not found until July 29, 2015, when a wing flap was discovered on a beach on the French island of Réunion, about 3,700 km (2,300 miles) west of the Indian Ocean area that was being searched by Australian authorities. It was impossible to determine where flight 370 crashed on the basis of the Réunion wreckage, but investigators hoped that study of the wing flap would reveal how flight 370 ended.
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