KUALA UMPUR - This is the chronology of events pertaining to missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370.
It has been almost 17 months after it lost contact at 2.40am on March 8, last year.
The aircraft disappeared 120 nautical miles east of Kota Kinabalu over the South China Sea, and there was no indication of a distress signal from the Boeing 777-200ER aircraft with 239 people on board.
The plane had taken off from the KL International Airport (KLIA) at 12.41am on March 8, 2014 and was scheduled to land in Beijing at 6.30am the same day.
The passengers comprised 38 Malaysians, Chinese nationals (153), Indonesians (seven), Australians (seven), French (three), USA nationals (three), New Zealand (two), Ukraine (two), Canada (two), Russia (one), Italy (one), Taiwan (one), Holland (one) and Austria (one).
Following the incident, Malaysia and various other countries launched an international Search and Rescue (SAR) operation and until today, the search is ongoing.
* March 8, 2014 (Day 1) - A SAR operation for the missing aircraft was launched in the South China Sea at 5.30am.
* March 9, 2014 (Day 2) - The search area was extended to Melaka Straits after it was confirmed the