Malaysia Airlines MH370 incident

The Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared from air traffic control screens off Malaysia’s east coast early on March 8, as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.

As per the recent analysis of satellite data, Inmarsat and UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) have concluded that flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean. The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has resumed after weather conditions in the southern Indian Ocean improved.

About Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident

  • Flight MH370 to Beijing took off from Kuala Lumpur.
  • It diverted from its planned flight path and contact between the plane and ground controllers ceased less than an hour after take-off; no distress signal or message was sent.
  • After the last contact with air traffic controllers, all on-board communications ceased when the plane’s transponder was switched off.
  • Plane’s movements picked up by different countries’ military radar and satellites after this, providing incomplete information about its course.
  • No debris from the Boeing 777-200ER has been recovered despite an international search involving the navies and air forces of several Asian nations as well as the United States.
  • Many countries viz.
  • A multinational search effort has focused on seas some 2,500km to the southwest of the Australian city of Perth.
  • Now, sophisticated analysis of satellite data has narrowed down the search area – but this is still a vast area of the Indian Ocean.
  • Six countries viz. Australia, New Zealand, the US, Japan, China and South Korea – are sending aircraft or ships to the search area.
  • The reasons for the loss of the flight remain a mystery.

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