On Monday, March 24, the Malaysian government issued a confirmation that the lost flight MH370 went down in the southern Indian Ocean area. Due to the lack of any possible landing sites in the immediate area, Malaysian Airlines sent text messages to the families stating the assumption has to be made that none of the people on board of the MH370 survived.
Flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and was set to fly to Beijing, China on Saturday, March 8 carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members. The flight lost contact with the air traffic tower within an hour of takeoff, and search efforts begin with a collaboration of Vietnamese and Malaysian efforts. On Sunday, March 9, China, the U.S., Singapore and the Philippines joined the search effort, and the search radius was widened to 50 nautical miles centered on the last-known location of the flight. The following day, the search radius was again widened, this time doubled to 100 nautical miles.
Interpol identified two men who boarded the plane with stolen passports: PouriaNourmohammadi and Seyed Mohammed Reza Delavar. Both men were Iranian in nationality, using Italian and Austrian passports to board the airline. However, Interpol does not support the belief that the disappearance was an act of terrorism.
On Wednesday, March 12, the search radius is expanded to 27,000 nautical miles with 12 nations mobilizing 42 ships and 39 aircrafts total. The search has been thus far focused in the South China Sea. Satellite imaging and radar detection suggested a new search area in the Indian Ocean on Friday, March 14.
On Saturday, March 15, the Malaysian government confirmed that the actions taken on board of the flight MH370 were deliberate. The terrorist-action theory is largely left out from consideration. There is, however, little information on the suspect or motive for such an action.
The search party for the flight was expanded to 26 nations on Monday, March 17. Australia and Indonesia began to lead searches in their own areas. On Wednesday of the same week, the FBI announced its participation in the search effort. On Friday, March 21, the search efforts remain without result. Numerous satellite images of debris were brought up throughout the week. However, searches within those areas remain inconclusive.
The search effort was suspended on Tuesday, March 25 due in inclement in weather conditions. The location of the missing flight still remains unknown.
Artwork outside of a Makati school in Manila, the capital of the Philippines
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