When Did Flight 370 Go Missing? Exploring The Truth After 9 Years

Malaysian Airlines flight 370, also known as MH370, disappeared nine years ago during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

When did flight 370 go missing

The question of when did flight 370 go missing seems to climb up the search stairs nowadays. The famous Malaysian aircraft vanished into thin air on March 8th, 2014. 

The missing aircraft was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members. The disappearance of such a large number of people led to a search effort extending from the Indian Ocean west of Australia to Central Asia. 

The perplexing nature of the loss of flight 370 is such that it has become one of history’s most famous missing aircraft.

Even nine years after its disappearance, people can’t seem to forget about Boeing 777. 

The missing flight took off at 12:41 AM local time and reached a cruising altitude of 10,700 meters (35,000 feet) at 1:01 AM. 

The Aircraft Communication Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), which transmitted data about the aircraft’s performance, sent its last transmission at 1:07 AM and was subsequently switched off. 

The last voice communication from the crew occurred at 1:19 AM. At 1:21 AM, the plane’s transponder, which communicated with air-traffic control, was switched off just as the plane was about to enter Vietnamese airspace over the South China Sea.

At 1:30 AM, Malaysian military and civilian radar began tracking the plane as it turned around and flew southwest over the Malay Peninsula and northwest over the Strait of Malacca. 

At 2:22 AM, Malaysian military radar lost contact with the plane over the Andaman Sea. An Inmarsat satellite in geostationary orbit over the Indian Ocean received hourly signals from flight 370 and last detected the aircraft at 8:11 AM.

Initial searches for the plane focused on the South China Sea. After it was determined that flight 370 had turned to the west shortly after the transponder was switched off, search efforts moved to the Strait of Malacca and the Andaman Sea. 

On March 15, a week after the plane had disappeared, it was determined that the Boeing aircraft might have been anywhere on two arcs, one stretching from Java southward into the Indian Ocean southwest of Australia and the other stretching northward across Asia from Vietnam to Turkmenistan.

On March 24, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that, based on an analysis of the final signals, it was concluded that the flight crashed in a remote part of the Indian Ocean 2,500 km (1,500 miles) southwest of Australia.

A crash of such nature left the chances of anyone surviving down to zero. 

After it was concluded that the plane had crashed, a search for its remains began on April 6th, 2014. The remote location of the crash site hampered the search for wreckage.

The first piece of debris was not found until July 29, 2015, when the right-wing flaperon was discovered on a beach on the French island of Réunion, about 3,700 km (2,300 miles) west of the Indian Ocean area. 

Over the next year and a half, 26 more pieces of debris were found on the shores of Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Madagascar, and Mauritius. 

The governments of Malaysia, Australia, and China called off the search for flight 370 in January 2017. 

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