What happened the day the plane disappeared?
00:41, 8 March 2014 (16:41 GMT, 7 March): Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and was due to arrive in Beijing at 06:30 (22:30 GMT).
Malaysia Airlines says the plane lost contact less than an hour after takeoff. No distress signal or message was sent.
01:07: The plane sent its last ACARS transmission – a service that allows computers aboard the plane to “talk” to computers on the ground. Some time afterwards, it was silenced and the expected 01:37 transmission was not sent.
01:19: The last communication between the plane and Malaysian air traffic control took place about 12 minutes later. At first, the airline said initial investigations revealed the co-pilot had said “All right, good night”.
A few minutes later, the plane’s transponder, which communicates with ground radar, was shut down as the aircraft crossed from Malaysian air traffic control into Vietnamese airspace over the South China Sea.
01:21: The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam said the plane failed to check in as scheduled with air traffic control in Ho Chi Minh City.
02:15: Malaysian military radar plotted Flight MH370 at a point south of Phuket island in the Strait of Malacca, west of its last known location. Thai military radar logs also confirmed that the plane turned west and then north over the Andaman sea.
02:28 (18:28 GMT, 7 March): After the loss of radar, a satellite above the Indian Ocean picked up data from the plane in the form of seven automatic “handshakes” between the aircraft and a ground station. The first was at 02:28 local time.
08:11: (00:11 GMT, 8 March) The last full handshake was at 08:11. This information, disclosed a week after the plane’s disappearance, suggested the jet was in one of two flight corridors, one stretching north between Thailand and Kazakhstan, the other south between Indonesia and the southern Indian Ocean.
08:19: However, there is some evidence of a further “partial handshake” at this time between the plane and a ground station. This was a request from the aircraft to log on. Investigators say this is consistent with the plane’s satellite communication equipment powering up after an outage – such as after an interruption to its electrical supply.
09:15: This would have been the next scheduled automatic contact between the ground station and the plane, but there was no response from the aircraft.
If we put aside for one second the fact that we have yet not found any reason for disappearance of the flight. The fact that searching for a metal part which will probably drown in the ocean is impossible. Someone came out claiming to have found a Boeing 777 flaperon from the missing flight.
The Australian led search team combed over 1,00,000 square kilometer about 2000 kilometers off Perth. Australian officials were confident about the search area. After the full handshake of the satellite around the area the search has now come to stall.
The flight MH370 leaves no trace elsewhere and is no officially drowned into the ocean. We would never be able to know what really went wrong with the plan. The mysterious ways in which the flight functioned shows there is something very deep yet to be uncovered, or maybe it will always remain under the tight wraps of the vastness of the ocean.