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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

KUALA LUMPUR - After an anxious wait of nearly 17 months for the slightest clue to unravel the greatest aviation mystery, it is virtually confirmed that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean.

This follows the announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today that a flaperon found on the French Island of Reunion was from Flight MH370 which vanished from the radar at about midnight on March 8 last year while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing

On 8 March 2014, flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared. The days, weeks and months that followed have been a period of torment for the families of those on board.

The plane’s disappearance was without precedent. At every stage, we followed the tiny amount of evidence that existed. But, despite the efforts of 26 nations and the largest search in aviation history, from the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean, the plane could not be located.

Neither could investigations by the

PETALING JAYA: Mauritius has mobilized its air and maritime assets to help in the search for possible MH370 debris while Australia has sent an expert to assist in the examination of a flaperon found on Reunion Island.

"Mauritius has responded to the call made by the Malaysian authorities, through the international press, for neighbouring countries to remain vigilant in locating any further debris," said V. Neethalia, for the Head of Mission in the Mauritius High Commission here.

According to

KUALA LUMPUR - Following is the statement made on Aug 6 released at 1.48 am by the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) on the missing MAS Flight MH370:

Malaysia Airlines would like to sincerely convey our deepest sorrow to the families and friends of the passengers onboard Flight MH370 on the news that the flaperon found on Reunion Island on July 29 was indeed from Flight MH370.

This has been confirmed jointly today by the French Authorities, Bureau d' Enquetes et d' Analyses pour la Securites de

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia on Wednesday said official word on whether a washed-up plane part is from flight MH370 is expected this week, while reiterating it will continue hunting for the main debris field in the southern Indian Ocean.

Technical experts in France were to begin examining the flaperon, already confirmed to have come from a Boeing 777, in Toulouse later Wednesday after it washed up on the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion.

“Malaysian and French officials may be in a position to

Local found piece of metal he believes to be a door on Sunday morning  

Metallic piece resembling a handle has also been discovered on beach

Residents also claim they spotted suitcases and 'plane seat' in May

But they did not think anything of sightings until wing flap was found

Plane part has now been taken to specialist laboratory for analysis  


Malaysian officials have said the latest piece of 'debris' found on the tiny Indian Ocean island where a Boeing 777 wing flap was washed up

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