On Saturday, March 8, 2014 Malaysia Airlines lost contact with Flight MH370, a Boeing 770-200 plane carrying 239 people to Beijing.
Authorities have no clue as to what happened to the aircraft, and without any actual physical evidence to work with they are no closer to finding out what exactly happened. Authorities are looking at all possibilities from terrorism, hijacking and even a crash. So far they can conclude that the aircraft vanished into thin air over the South China Sea.
Other than that, Global Grind has compiled a list of facts that we do know about the missing flight.
1. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was two hours into its flight as and when Subang Air Traffic Control lost contact at 2:40 a.m. local time (1:40 p.m. Friday ET). It was scheduled to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. local time.
2. There were 239 people aboard the aircraft — 227 passengers and 12 crew members.
3. The passengers are from 14 different countries, with three from America.
4. At the time of the plane’s disappearance, there was no severe weather or distress calls coming from the aircraft.
5. The plane is an 11-year-old jet and was recently inspected and found to be in proper condition.
6. Malaysia sent nine planes and 15 ships to search the waters between Malaysia and Vietnam, China sent an additional two ships. The Philippines dispatched three Navy ships and a surveillance plane. The U.S. Navy sent the USS Pinckney, a guided missile destroyer that carries two MH-60R helicopters, and a P-3C Orion with long-range search, radar and communications capabilities.
7. On Sunday oil slicks (each six to nine miles long) were spotted by rescue teams in the South China Sea. Malaysia maritime officials sent samples to a lab to determine whether or not the oil came from the aircraft. On Monday the samples came back negative.
8. Officials are searching for a rectangle object that may be the plane’s door, but have come up empty-handed.
9. Malaysian authorities have confirmed that two passengers boarded the flight using stolen passports and they have been able to identify one of the men.
10. The passports belonged to Austrian Christian Kozel and Luigi Maraldi of Italy.
11. The passengers using the stolen passports purchased their tickets together.
12. A telephone operator on a China-based KLM hotline confirmed the two passengers also bought one-way tickets on a KLM flight that departed from Beijing for Amsterdam on Saturday.
13. Authorities are still working to find out the true identities of those who used the stolen passports to board the flight.
14. Authorities discovered that luggage from at least five passengers was taken off board before it departed.
15. Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Juahari Yahya said that the company is working with emergency responders, “Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members.”
Source: Global Grind