Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

flight involved in an incident on 8 March 2014

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370, also named under a codeshare agreement as China Southern Airlines Flight CZ748)[1] is a missing Malaysia Airlines international passenger flight.[2] The aircraft had 227 passengers and twelve crew members on board.[3]

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370
Boeing 777-200ER Malaysia AL (MAS) 9M-MRO - MSN 28420 404 (9272090094).jpg
The missing airplane in 2011
Missing airplane
Date8 March 2014 (2014-03-08)
SummaryMissing, flaperon found
SiteUnknown (believed Southern Indian Ocean)
Aircraft typeBoeing 777-200ER
OperatorMalaysia Airlines
Flight originKuala Lumpur International Airport, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
DestinationBeijing Capital International Airport, Beijing, China
Fatalities239 (all)
Survivors0 (none)


Flight 370 left Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at 00:41 on 8 March 2014 (MST; UTC+8) for a scheduled six-hour flight to Beijing, China. Subang Air Traffic Control Centre lost contact with the plane at about 01:22, while over the Gulf of Thailand. It was reported missing at 02:40.[4]


The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating to see if terrorism is involved. Two passengers, one from Austria and another one from Italy, were named on the manifest. However, they were later discovered not to have been on board, their passports having been stolen.[5] Meanwhile, Malaysian authorities are also ruling the identity of two other passengers to be false.[6][7]

Government statementsEdit

On 24 March 2014, officials with both Malaysia Airlines and the Malaysian government stated that while the aircraft's whereabouts were still not known, "unparalleled" analyses by the United Kingdom's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) and UK satellite company Inmarsat indicated that it had crashed into the southern Indian Ocean. It was presumed by these officials that all 239 people aboard died.[8][9][10]


On 29 July 2015, a flaperon was found on a beach in Saint-André, on Réunion island. On 5 August, the Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak announced that the found flaperon was confirmed to be from flight MH370's aircraft.[11]

People on board by nationality
Nationality Number
  Australia 6
  Belgium 4
  Canada 2
  China 153
  France 4
  Germany 4
  Hong Kong 1
  India 5
  Indonesia 7
  Iran 2
  Malaysia 50
  Netherlands 1
  New Zealand 2
  Philippines 3
  Russia 1
  Taiwan 1
  Ukraine 2
  United Kingdom 10
  United States 4
Total (15 nations and regions) 239


  1. "Beijing-bound flight from Malaysia missing". USA Today. 9 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  2. "Terrorism not ruled out in disappearance of Malaysia Airlines jet". Chicago Tribune. 8 March 2014. Archived from the original on 8 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  3. "Malaysia Airlines 'loses contact with plane'". BBC. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  4. "Crash: Malaysia B772 over Gulf of Thailand on Mar 8th 2014, aircraft missing". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  5. "Passengers on Malaysia Airlines plane come from 14 countries, airline says". CNN. Turner Broadcasting System. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  6. "Two more Europeans with suspect identities onboard missing MH370". Malaysian Insider. 9 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  7. Pete Williams; Robert Windrem; Richard Esposito (9 March 2014). "Malaysia Probes Identity of Four Passengers on Missing Jet". NBC. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  8. Branigan, Tania (24 March 2014). "Missing flight MH370 lost in southern Indian Ocean, says Malaysian PM". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  9. "Malaysian prime minister: Missing flight MH370 'ended in Indian Ocean and no one on board survived'". 24 March 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  10. Sevastopulo, Demetri (24 March 2014). "Malaysia says data indicate MH370 crashed into the Indian Ocean". Financial Times. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  11. "MH370 search: Plane debris arrives in France". BBC News. 1 August 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2015.