Missing MAS flight: Timeline of events

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The path taken by the MH370.

PETALING JAYA - A timeline of events surrounding the missing flight MH370.

12.41am: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 takes off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). The Boeing 777-200 was ferrying 239 people on board, including two infants, and 12 crew members. 38 on board are reported to be Malaysian.

1.30am: MH370 signal suddenly disappears from Department of Civil Aviation radar. The aircraft did not enter airspace controlled by China and did not make contact with Chinese controllers.

6.40am: Flight was scheduled to arrive in Beijing, China.

10.15am: False report of flight MH370 making emergency landing in Nanning, China published. Revealed to be untrue within minutes.

11.55pm: False report of Vietnamese aviation authorities receiving the plane's signal is published. Report debunked within minutes.

12pm: In a press conference in Sepang MAS group chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said that the passengers of flight MH370 are of 14 different nationalities.

The passengers include 153 Chinese nationals, 38 Malaysians, 12 Indonesians, six Australians, three French, four Americans, two from Ukraine, New Zealand and Canada respectively and one each from Russia, Taiwan, Italy, Netherlands and Austria. The flight was a codeshare with China Southern Airlines.

12.30pm: MAS says the last point of contact with flight MH370 was approximately 120 nautical miles east of Kota Baru at the South China Sea.

12.50pm: A Vietnamese rescue official denies that the signal of the missing Malaysian plane MH370 has been detected.

1pm: China dispatches two maritime rescue ships to the South China Sea to help in search and rescue operations for the missing flight MH370.

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