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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Missing plane search timeline LIVE UPDATES

Published time: March 19, 2014 01:35
Edited time: April 06, 2014 18:19
China out / AFP Photo

China out / AFP Photo

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the longest civil aircraft disappearance in modern history, has unearthed more questions than answers, as the mystery surrounding the fate of the missing jetliner continues to intensify with each passing day.

Sunday, April 6

18:09 GMT:

UK naval ship HMS Echo has arrived in the area where the missing Malaysian plane is being searched for. It will conduct underwater searches after preliminary environmental tests. The ship was dispatched after a Chinese vessel detected a pulse signal in the vast search area on two occasions. Whether or not they are being emitted from the flight recorders of MH370 is still to be confirmed.

Saturday, April 5

23:56 GMT:

Chinese pilots involved in the search operations found white objects floating in the Indian Ocean, about 2,700 kilometers off the coast of Australia, Xinhua news agency reported.

15:35 GMT:

The pulse picked up by a Chinese ship searching the southern Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysian airliner does not belong to the black boxes Flight MH370, the China Maritime Safety Administration says.

The signal picked up by the Chinese vessel's black box detector had a frequency of 37.5kHz per second, the official Xinhua news agency said - identical to the beacon signal emitted by flight recorders.

Following a preliminary analysis, the agency now believes it is not connected to the jetliner.

12:43 GMT:

A black box detector on a Chinese patrol searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has detected a pulse signal in the South Indian Ocean, state media reported. It has not yet been established whether the signal picked up by the Haixun 01 vessel is in fact linked to the missing jetliner, China's official Xinhua news agency reported.

Sources in the Malaysian government later confirmed that the Chinese vessel had detected a signal though there is no confirmation on its origin.

The announcement came as international crews search the Indian Ocean for the flight's lost black boxes before the devices stop emitting locator ‘pings’. Black boxes typically release a ping for 30 days. MH370 disappeared March 8, leaving rescue workers several days at most before its battery dies.

Friday, April 4

11:56 GMT:

A US Navy "black box" detector made has been deployed in the search for missing Malaysian Airline’s flight 370. The Australian naval vessel Ocean Shield arrived with a "towed pinger locator", which is capable of homing in on signals from the black box, AFP reports.

However, Angus Houston, Australia's former military chief and now coordinator of the eight-nation search, said "we're now getting pretty close to the time when [the black box signal] might expire."

Black boxes typically release a ping for 30 days. MH370 disappeared March 8, leaving rescue workers several days at most before its battery dies.

11:55 GMT:

Wednesday, April 2

19:59 GMT:

Malaysian police say they have excluded the possibility that any of the passengers of the flight could have organized a hijacking, Xinhua news agency reported, citing Malaysian media.

Malaysian investigators excluded three more possibilities, in which the main suspects were passengers of the plane. The police said they were referring to sabotage by passengers with psychological disorders or personal problems.

"Suspicions according to four [possibilities] have been lifted from them (passengers)," said Khalid Abu Bakar, inspector general of Malaysia’s police, adding that the crew members, including both pilots, remain under suspicion in these four possibilities.

03:01 GMT:

The search area, which has repeatedly shifted as experts analyze radar and satellite data, is currently focused on a 98,000-square mile area off Perth, Australia.

Lack of coordination between nations assisting with the search for missing flight MH370 has delayed the efforts, as the targeted area was 1,000 miles away from where the aircraft is believed to have crashed, sources familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

03:01 GMT:

The probe into the missing flight has been classified as a criminal investigation, Malaysia's police chief said, according to The Wall Street Journal. More people are scheduled to be interviewed. Meanwhile, the investigation into the pilot’s flight simulator remains inconclusive.

Tuesday, April 1

01:56 GMT:

Malaysian authorities now say the final words from the cockpit of missing Flight MH370 were, in fact, “Good night Malaysian three seven zero,” and not “All right, good night,” as was reported weeks ago.

"We would like to confirm that the last conversation in the transcript between the air traffic controller and the cockpit is at 0119 (Malaysian Time) and is "Good night Malaysian three seven zero," the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation said in a statement released late Monday.

Comments (64)

 

mergon 19.04.2014 09:10

So how long do military,and domestic radar tracking stations keep the recordings for ?

 

Hamza Ibrahim Baba 06.04.2014 10:05

Indeed, this is the longest and the most challenging search in human history.

It is perhaps incredible how western powers plus the giant America suddenly became dumbfounded and clueless about this impasse. This is despite they boasting of fathers of modern technology. Shame on America!

 

Steven Severn 26.03.2014 05:41

Макс С. 22.03.2014 23:18

What's this nonsense about Diego Garcia? If it landed in Diego Garcia then what do you happened to the 239 people?

  


Do you not find it odd that there has been almost no mention of the US military base at Diego Garcia in any media reports? Particularly as it was in the direction and range of travel after the aircraft turned sharply left. It is Western information defining the narrative of 'what happened' and its propensity for collaborating with government to shape public perception is well known. Is it beyond doubt that this is not more of the same?

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