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Crash of a Boeing 777-2H6ER in the Indian Ocean: 239 killed

Accident description

  • 9M-MRO
  • Flight
  • Scheduled Revenue Flight
  • No
  • Lake, Sea, Ocean
  • Kuala Lumpur – Beijing
  • 28420/404
  • 14MAY2002
  • MAS370
  • Indian Ocean, World
  • World
  • 12
  • 12
  • 227
  • 227
  • 0
  • 239
  • 18365
  • 2763
  • 53465
  • 7525
  • The Boeing 777-2H6ER took off from Kuala Lumpur Airport runway 32R at 0041LT bound for Beijing. Some 40 minutes later, while reaching FL350 over the Gulf of Thailand, radar contact was lost. At this time, the position of the aircraft was estimated 90 NM northeast of Kota Bharu, some 2 km from the IGARI waypoint. More than 4 days after the 'accident', no trace of the aircraft has been found. On the fifth day of operation, several countries were involved in the SAR operations, in the Gulf of Thailand, west of China Sea and on the Malacca Strait as well. All operations are performed in coordination with China, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Philippines.
    No distress call or any kind of message was sent by the crew. The last ACARS message was received at 0107LT and did not contain any error, failure or technical problems. At 0119LT was recorded the last radio transmission with the crew saying "All right, good night". At 0121LT, the transponder was switched off and the last radar contact was recorded at 0130LT.
    Several hypothesis are open and no trace of the aircraft nor the occupant have been found up to March 18, 2014.
    It is now understood the aircraft may flew several hours after it disappeared from radar screens, flying on an opposite direction from the prescribed flight plan, most probably to the south over the Indian Ocean.
    No such situation was ever noted by the B3A, so it is now capital to find both CVR & DFDR to explain the exact circumstances of this tragic event.
    Considering the actual situation, all scenarios are possible and all hypothesis are still open.

    On Mar 24, 2014, the Malaysian Prime Minister announced that according to new computations by the British AAIB based on new satellite data, there is no reasonable doubt that flight MH370 ended in the South Indian Ocean some 2,600 km west of Perth. Given the situation, the Malaysian Authorities believe that there is no chance to find any survivors among the 239 occupants.