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Takeoff: 12:41 a.m.
All tracking systems are working as the Boeing 777-200ER takes off from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, headed for Beijing, on Saturday, March 8

[#MASalert] Statement By Group Chief Executive Officer, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya on MH370 Incident. Released at 9.05am/8 Mar 2014 MY Local Time - via Facebook

We deeply regret that we have lost all contacts with flight MH370 which departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 am earlier this morning bound for Beijing. The aircraft was scheduled to land at Beijing International Airport at 6.30am local Beijing time. Subang Air Traffic Control reported that it lost contact at 2.40am (local Malaysia time) today. Flight MH370 was operated on a Boeing B777-200 aircraft.

The flight was carrying a total number of 239 passengers and crew – comprising 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members. The passengers were of 13 different nationalities.Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft. Our team is currently calling the next-of-kin of passengers and crew.Focus of the airline is to work with the emergency responders and authorities and mobilize its full support.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members. The airline will provide regular updates on the situation. The public may contact +603 7884 1234. For media queries, kindly contact +603 8777 5698/ +603 8787 1276. Official Statements Malaysia Airlines

 

MH370 Transcript of the last 54 minutes released by The Telegraph

A transcript of conversations between the co-pilot and the control tower, and other air traffic controllers, runs from the time the Boeing 777 was taxiing to its last known position thousands of feet above the South China Sea.

Analysts said the sequence of messages appeared “perfectly routine”. However two features, they said, stood out as potentially odd.

Transcript released by The Telegraph
KL CONTROL TOWER

00:36:30 MH370: ATC, this is MH370, good morning
ATC: Good morning, MH370, This is KL control
tower, please remain in A10 32R
00:36:50 MH370: A10, MH370 copies that
00:38:43 ATC: MH370, please get on the runway from 32R A10
MH370: runway from 32R A10, copy that
00:40:38 ATC: MH370, position 32R, runway ready, permitted to take
off. Good night
MH370: position 32R, runway ready, permitted to take off.
MH370 copies that. Thank you, goodbye.

KL AIRPORT

00:42:05 MH370: MH370 has left the port
00:42:10 ATC: MH370 position confirmed, flight altitude 180, follow
the command and turn right, target IGARI waypoint.
00:42:40 MH370: Alright, altitude 180, direction IGARI waypoint,
MH370 copies that
00:42:52 ATC: MH370, you've entered KL Radar 132.6, good night
MH370: 132.6, MH370 copies that

KL RADAR

00:46:51 MH370: KL ATC, This is MH370
ATC: MH370, please climb to flight altitude 250
00:46:54 MH370: MH370 is climbing to flight altitude 250
00:50:06 ATC: MH370, climbing to flight altitude 350
00:50:09 MH370: This is MH370, flight altitude 350
01:01:14 MH370: MH370 remaining in flight altitude 350
01:01:19 ATC: MH370
01:07:55 MH370: MH370 remaining in flight altitude 350
01:08:00 ATC: MH370
01:19:24 ATC: MH370, please contact Hu Chi Minh City 120.9, good
night
01:19:29 MH370: All right, good night

Transcript based on Mandarin version of English language
transcript. Some wording may not be exact.
Source | pdf | txt
 
UPDATE: Released on April 1 2014
Official Audio Transcript released by Malaysia's acting Transport Minister @ HishammuddinH2O
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1:07 a.m. ACARS sends communication (ACARS: Satellite-based text messages): Authorities say the last transmission from A.C.A.R.S. came early in the flight, at 1:07 a.m. But they say they don't know exactly when the system was shut down, as the next transmission wasn't due until 1:37 a.m.
The last ACARS transmission, sent at 1.07am, showed nothing unusual. The 1.07am transmission showed a normal routing all the way to Beijing.

Evidence indicates that the flight's course was changed at least 12 minutes before the last voice communication was received by controllers on the ground. The plane's change of direction have been input into the computer from the cockpit.

1:19 a.m. Voice check-in: Someone inside the cockpit, believed to be the co-pilot, made the plane's last verbal communication with air traffic controllers at 1:19 a.m., saying, "All right, good night" as stated by Malaysian authorities, this was corrected to: "Good Night Malaysian Three Seven Zero" at march 31.1:19 - 1:21 (Update of March 24) MH370 made sharp turn, dropped to 12.000 ft
the plane made a sharp turn to the left and dropped from 35,000 feet to 12,000 feet. Military radar tracked the flight between 1:19 a.m. and 2:40 a.m. the day it went missing, but it's not clear how long it took the plane to descend to 12,000 feet.
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* this scenario would fit what a pilot would do in the event of a catastrophic onboard event, such as a rapid decompression, a fire, an explosion. That's what you would have to do, descend, get down and turn around and try to get back to an airport that could accommodate an ailing plane." If a crisis on board caused the plane to lose pressure, pilots could have chosen to deliberately fly lower to save passengers onboard. "You have to get down to 10,000 feet, because that is when you don't have to worry about pressurization. You have enough air in the atmosphere naturally to keep everybody alive". "So part of the procedure for a rapid decompression ... it's called a high dive, and you go as quickly as you can down to that altitude."

1:21 a.m. Transponder (Transponder: Radar-based location) off The transponder was then switched off at 1:21 a.m., authorities say. The last confirmed position of MH370 was at 35,000 feet about 90 miles off the east coast of Malaysia, heading towards Vietnam, near a navigational waypoint called *"IGARI".

1:21:13 (Update of April 1 2014) Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the chief of Malaysia's department for civil aviation, said that the plane disappeared from civilian air traffic controllers' screens at 01:21:13. Officials haven't disclosed what time military radar last spotted the plane.

1:22 a.m. Plane disappears from Thai military radar : Thai military radar is tracking the plane's signal, but it disappears at 1:22 a.m., a Royal Thai Air Force spokesman told CNN. 1:28 a.m. Thai radar picks up unknown aircraft: The Thai radar station in southern Surathani province picks up an unknown aircraft flying in a direction opposite to what Flight 370 had been traveling, a Royal Thai Air Force spokesman told CNN.

1:30 a.m. Civilian radar loses contact with plane: Malaysian air traffic controllers in Subang, outside Kuala Lumpur, lose contact with the plane over the Gulf of Thailand between Malaysia and Vietnam at coordinates 06 55 15 N and 103 34 43 E.
1:30 a.m.

1:30 a.m. Sighting claim: Kota Bharu, Malaysia

1:37 a.m. Expected ACARS transmission doesn't happen: The ACARS was supposed to transmit a half-hour after it last did so. Therefore, it was supposed to transmit at 1:37 a.m. -- but it didn't, Yahya said,
So, the ACARS went stopped communicating sometime between 1:07 and 1:37 a.m.

The military track suggests it then turned sharply westwards, heading towards a waypoint called *"VAMPI", northeast of Indonesia's Aceh province and a navigational point used for planes following route N571 to the Middle East. From there, the plot indicates the plane flew towards a waypoint called *"GIVAL", south of the Thai island of Phuket, and was last plotted heading northwest towards another waypoint called *"IGREX", on route P628 that would take it over the Andaman Islands and which carriers use to fly towards Europe.

2:15 a.m. Military radar detection: Military radar last detected the plane at 2:15 a.m. off Malaysia's west coast, hundreds of miles off course.

06.15 a.m. Sighting claim: Kudahuvadhoo, Dhaalu-atol, Central Province, Maldives | Haveeru Online

6:30 a.m. Plane should have arrived in Beijing: This was the time that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 should have landed in China's capital. 7:24 a.m. Public announcement of disappearance: Malaysia Airlines announces the plane's disappearance on Facebook. (Official announcement @ 9.02 a.m. March 8)

8:11 a.m. Satellite 'handshakes' : more than seven hours after takeoff, a satellite (Inmarsat-3 F1, sits 35,800 km above the equator at E64.5°: More info or you can Track it now in real time) made the last electronic connection, known as a "handshake," with the plane. The satellite ‘pings' indicated the plane was still flying seven hours after satellite contact was lost.

8:18 a.m. Unexpected Final last Ping: (Update of March 24) Analysis of the data by British satelilite company Inmarsat and British Accident Investigators show the Boeing 777-200ER was heading south at last contact.

8:11 - 9:15 a.m. MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean: (Update of March 24) Analysis of the data of the unexpected final last ping by British satelilite company Inmarsat and British Accident Investigators indicated the Boeing 777-200ER MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean somewhere between 8:11 and 9:15 a.m. on March 8 2014

9:30 a.m. March 8 2014, Sighting claim: from passenger of flight SV2058 flying over Indian Ocean read more

March 9 2014, 11 a.m. Sighting claim: Off Indonesia coast

Sources: CNN, Reuters

March 16 – first satellite image of potential debris in southern Indian Ocean

March 24
– Based on new calculations, Malaysian PM says “beyond reasonable doubt” that MH370 crashed in southern Indian Ocean with no survivors

March 30
- Several pieces of possible debris of MH370 were spotted by satellites and pilots since March 16 (see: satellite images & sightings). So far none confirmed to be related to MH370. (More info: Official Statements & Live News Updates)

* Overview of Sighting Claims

  • ** Official statement of Malaysia Airlines March 24 2014: "With deep sadness and regret I must inform you that, according to new data, flight # MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean. Inmarsat, that provided the satellite data which indicated the northern & southern corridors,has performed further calculations. Using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort,they have been able to shed more light on MH370's flight path. Based on their new analysis, Inmarsat & the AAIB concluded that the last position of # MH370 was in the middle of the Indian Ocean. There are no words which could console the family members of # MH370 . The whole world is with you in these difficult times (Official Statement March 24 15:00 CET | LiveTweets)


  • March 24 2014 Update: The families of passengers have received a text message from Malaysia Airlines with the following statement, later followed by a public statement at 10 p.m Malaysian time # MH370 pic.twitter.com/r5m9f2q2yy

    Official Statement Malaysia Airlines
     

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    PRELIMINARY REPORT 1 MAY 2014  

     

    RELEASE OF DOCUMENTS


    Below statement and attached documents were made public and shared with NOKs at
    8:27pm (Malaysia local time), 1 May 2014:
     


    PRESS STATEMENT MAY 1, 2014

    1. 1. ATC Delivery.wav
    2. 2. KL Ground.mp3
    3. 3. KL Tower.mp3
    4. 4. KL Approach.mp3
    5. 5. KL Radar.wav
    6. Actions taken between 0138 and 0614.pdf
    7. Cargo Manifest and Airway Bill.pdf
    8. Maps.pdf
    9. Preliminary Report.pdf dated 9 April 2014
    10. Seating plan.pdf

     


    MH370 PRESS STATEMENT BY HISHAMMUDDIN HUSSEIN
    MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND ACTING MINISTER OF TRANSPORT
    THURSDAY, 1 MAY 2014


    1. Release of information regarding MH370

    Last week, the Prime Minister appointed an internal team of experts to review all the information the Government of Malaysia possesses regarding MH370, with a view to releasing as much as possible to the general public.

    The Prime Minister set, as a guiding principle, the rule that as long as the release of a particular piece of information does not hamper the investigation or the search operation, in the interests of openness and transparency, the information should be made public.

    The internal team has concluded its review. As a result, the following information regarding MH370 is being released:

    The audio recordings of conversations between the cockpit of MH370 and Kuala Lumpur air traffic control (see notes to editors).
    The preliminary report into MH370, dated 9 April.
    An additional document, which gives further information regarding the actions taken between the hours of 01:38 and 06:14 on Saturday 8 March.
    A map showing MH370's flight path (also see notes to editors).
    The cargo manifest for MH370.
    The seating plan for MH370.

    2. The military's tracking of MH370

    As stated previously, Malaysian military radar did track an aircraft making a turn-back, in a westerly direction, across peninsular Malaysia on the morning of 8 March. The aircraft was categorised as friendly by the radar operator and therefore no further action was taken at the time.

    The radar data was reviewed in a playback at approximately 08:30 on 8 March. This information was sent to the Air Force operations room at approximately 09:00. Following further discussion up the chain of command, the military informed the Acting Transport and Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein at approximately 10:30 of the possible turn-back of the aircraft. The Minister then informed the Prime Minister, who immediately ordered that search and rescue operations be initiated in the Straits of Malacca, along with the South China Sea operations which started earlier in the day.

    During this time, KD Mahamiru, the Mine Counter Measure Vessel and KD Laksamana Muhamad Amin, the Corvette Vessel of the Royal Malaysian Navy were already in the Straits of Malacca on patrol duties. They were immediately retasked to conduct the search and rescue operation. A military aircraft was then sent to join the two ships in the Straits of Malacca at 10:54 to search for MH370.

    NOTES TO EDITORS

    a. The audio recordings consist of five files which should be listened to in sequence.

    b. The attached map shows MH370's flight path, based on the best available knowledge of the investigation team. There are a number of possible flight paths to the southern Indian Ocean, and three boxes indicating where MH370 likely ended. These flight paths differ based on different projections of the aircraft's speed, shown on the map in knots.

    c. The attached preliminary report was drafted with the involvement of the NTSB, AAIB, ATSB, AAID and CAAC, as well as Malaysian officials.

    -ENDS-

    Hishammuddin Hussein


     

    Conversation between the cockpit of MH370 and Kuala Lumpur air traffic control

    The audio recordings of conversation between the cockpit of MH370 and Kuala Lumpur air traffic control.

    Note: The audio recordings consist of five files which should be listened to in sequence

    1. 1. ATC Delivery.wav
    2. 2. KL Ground.mp3
    3. 3. KL Tower.mp3
    4. 4. KL Approach.mp3
    5. 5. KL Radar.wav
     

    Transcript.pdf


    Full Audio file.mp3
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    Actions Taken Between 01:38 And 06:14 On Saturday 8 MARCH

    The following table is based on recorded communications on direct lines, summarising the events associated to MH370 after the radar blip disappeared until activation of the Rescue Coordination Centre.
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    Cargo Manifest for MH370
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    Maps Showing MH370's Flight Path

    Note: The attached map shows MH370's flight path, based on the best available knowledge of the investigation team. There are a number of possible flight paths to the southern Indian Ocean, and three boxes indicating where MH370 likely ended. These flight paths differ based on different projections of the aircraft's speed, shown on the map in knots.


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    MH370 Preliminary Report
    Dated 9 April 2014

    The attached preliminary report was drafted with the involvement of the NTSB, AAIB, ATSB, AAID and CAAC, as well as Malaysian officials.

    Note:
    The attached preliminary report was drafted with the involvement of the NTSB, AAIB, ATSB, AAID and CAAC, as well as Malaysian officials
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    Seating Plan for MH370
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    Friday, May 02, 09:30 PM MYT +0800 Media Statement 30 - MH370 Incident

    Malaysia Airlines wishes to make further clarification on the following
    matters:

    1) Malaysians On Board
    Malaysia Airlines confirms that 38 passengers of the 239 persons on board
    MH370 on 8 March 2014 were Malaysians. The names of the 38 Malaysians on
    board had been earlier shared in the Passenger Manifest which has been made
    public previously. Please see attached document for names of all Malaysian
    passengers onboard MH370.

    2) Exchange of Signals and Aircraft in Cambodia
    On the exchange of signals between ground and the aircraft soon after Ho
    Chi Minh Air Traffic Control advised that radio contact had not been
    established with MH370, as carried in the recently released MH370
    Preliminary Report, Malaysia Airlines clarifies that what was referred to
    as signals was actually the aircraft displayed on the ‘Flight Following
    System’ screen. This was based on the aircraft projection at that point of
    time and not the actual aircraft position.

    When KL-ATCC (Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control Centre) Watch Supervisor
    queried Malaysia Airlines OPS (Operations) on the status of MH370, Malaysia
    Airlines OPS informed KL-ATCC Supervisor that MH370 was still sighted over
    Cambodian airspace in the Flight-Following System, which is based on a
    flight-projection.

    The word “Cambodia” was displayed by the Flight-Following System on the
    screen when zoomed-in, leading Malaysia Airlines to deduce that the
    aircraft was flying in Cambodian airspace. The Flight-Following System did
    not display the name “Vietnam”, even though the aircraft was over Vietnam
    airspace.

    The responsibility of aircraft tracking monitoring resides with Air Traffic
    Control Centres. For airlines, it is normal to engage flight following
    systems to assist its pilots to manage in weather conditions or route
    diversions. Such airline flight following systems are non-primary and
    non-positive controlling.

    Flight following systems also do not trigger airlines of any abnormality.
    Such situations have to be pilot initiated. Unless otherwise, airlines’
    operations control centres would continue to see the aircraft as flying on
    its normal route, based on projected or predicted positions and locations.

    To make the flight-following systems work successfully and effectively, it
    is important to have visual depiction of the aircraft’s position, coupled
    with confirmation by air-to-ground communications, such as through ACARS or
    Satcomm or VHF or HF.

    In the case of tracking MH370, Malaysia Airlines’ flight-following system
    indicated that the aircraft was flying, however, there was no communication
    from or with the pilot. Malaysia Airlines OPS attempted to communicate with
    MH370 after we were flag by KL-ATCC, but was never able to make contact.

    3) On the Cargo Carried
    About 2 tons, equivalent to 2,453kg, of cargo was declared as consolidated
    under one (1) Master Airway Bill (AWB). This Master AWB actually comprised
    5 house AWB. Out of these 5 AWB, two (2) house AWB contained lithium ion
    batteries amounting to a total tonnage volume of 221kg. The balance 3 house
    AWB, amounting to 2,232kg, were declared as radio accessories and chargers.

    Ends.

    Malaysia Airlines


     

     

    MH370 Data Communication Logs.pdf
    Release date: Tuesday 27 May 2014

    Data from communications between satellites and Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 (47 page document)

     
     
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