Malaysian Airlines Flight 370: The Complete Timeline And Infographic

Tyler Durden's picture

With Malaysian authorities frustrated (and seemingly confused),  and US and Chinese government offering "help" to solve this increasingly mysterious disappearance of the Boeing 777-200ER over a week ago, we thought a quick summation of all that we know would be useful. The possibilities remain numerous but it appears the latest line of investigation is the pane vanished through "deliberate action" with the airline pilots coming under increasing scrutiny.




7.24am: Malaysia Airlines confirms a jet lost contact with Subang air traffic control at 2.40am after it took off from Kuala Lumpur

10.30am: Families waiting at Beijing airport are told passengers will not arrive

By night: International rescue effort is under way. Two passengers used passports - one Austrian, one Italian - reported stolen in Thailand. Airline does not rule out terrorism



2am: Airline says it last heard from MH370 at 1.30am, not 2.40am

2.43am: Airline chief executive makes first public statement

Noon: Hong Kong Immigration Department confirms 45-year-old local woman was on board



The largest rescue flotilla in Chinese naval history - four warships and five civilian and commercial vessels - speeds overnight to waters between Malaysia and Vietnam. Ten Chinese satellites join the hunt

Night: Airline announces it will give 31,000 yuan (HK$39,200) to relatives of each passenger as a special condolence payment



Two senior Malaysian military officials say missing jet flew for an hour off its flight course and at a lower altitude after disappearing from civil aviation radar, partly explaining why Malaysia expanded search area to include Strait of Malacca two days earlier.

3pm: Malaysian police say one of two passengers using a stolen passport is an Iranian teenager, and release photos of both



Beijing slams Malaysia's "pretty chaotic" and conflicting information as Kuala Lumpur officials fail to pinpoint the plane's last known whereabouts.

Malaysian media report the government has invited a witch doctor to help look for the plane by using a magic carpet, two coconuts and a wooden stick.



Malaysian military confirms spotting an unidentified aircraft on its radar about 1 hour and 20 minutes after MH370's signal went cold. Airline says it has not been determined if that was the missing jet.

Malaysian authorities vow to banish witch doctor if he again carries out a ritual at the country's main airport after the scene draws ridicule around the world.



Investigators are increasingly certain the jet turned back across the Malay Peninsula after losing communication.

International search expands westwards towards Indian Ocean.



Search narrows to two air corridors as Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirms plane kept flying after it "vanished". Officials also confirm the jet's disappearance was a "deliberate act".



And more on the "deliberate action" from WSJ,

Malaysian police are examining the home flight simulator of the pilot of Malaysia Airlines  Flight 370 in a closer focus on the plane's crew amid suspicion that the aircraft disappeared because of foul play.


The homes and of Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah and co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid were searched by police Saturday and investigators spoke to the pilot's family, the Malaysian Transport Ministry said in a statement.


The searches came as Prime Minister Najib Razak had said that he believes that the plane vanished through "deliberate action'' on March 8, when it disappeared with 239 people on board on a flight between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing.




The disappearance of Flight 370 has baffled investigators for more than a week, but Mr. Najib's comments have appeared to corroborate the analysis of U.S. investigators, which determined that one or more people on the plane deliberately changed its course and tried to mask its location.


Malaysia's leader says communications systems on Flight 370 were cut off by "deliberate action." U.S. officials are investigating whether a third system, on the plane's lower deck, was also compromised. WSJ's Jason Bellini explains.


Colleagues have described Capt. Zaharie as an aviation enthusiast who loved to fly and built a flight simulator at home.




The Transport Ministry statement said that Malaysia was treating both search corridors with "equal importance'' and is asking countries to provide further assistance in the search for the Boeing BA +1.00%  777-200, including satellite data and analysis, ground-search capabilities, radar data and maritime air assets, and how best to deploy them.


Malaysian officials have contacted countries along the corridors including Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, China, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and France, the statement said.


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DirkDiggler11's picture

They certainly picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue ...

observer007's picture

Diego Garcia??


Malaysian authorities on Sunday examined a flight simulator that was confiscated from the home of one of the missing jetliner's pilots and asked governments to divulge sensitive radar data, warning that without it locating

Rumours: MH370 landed on Diego Garcia - Indian Ocean, US-military-base -

Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has refuted claims that MH370 had landed at the United States military base Diego Garcia located in the Indian Ocean.

you bet?

Last news:!q=Malaysia+Airlines&t=text

DutchR's picture

Not much news on this:  Oil Rig Worker: 'I Saw the Malaysia Airlines Plane Come Down'

zerozulu's picture

Time for another Snowden II to come out.

12ToothAssassin's picture

What about the 1000 lbs of "Lithium" on the cargo manifest? What if it wasnt Lithium? There are over 500 landing strips in range of the flights last known location where it could have easily landed. This was an inside job, the transponders disabled and quietly landing elsewhere. SOMEONE knows exactly where it is and what happened, Im guessing the pentagon is on that list of in the know since they track EVERYTHING above and below water too.

mjcOH1's picture

"Rumours: MH370 landed on Diego Garcia - Indian Ocean, US-military-base -

Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has refuted claims that MH370 had landed at the United States military base Diego Garcia located in the Indian Ocean."


Ah yes.   Forced down by the Hawkmen.  Footage at 11....

zionhead's picture

Funny the west is feed itself just on rumors and ASIAN TV is saying the plane is in KAZAHKSTAN.

The west is generating mega rumors, and ASIA is telling one version of the story.

Whom to believe?

12ToothAssassin's picture

The most telling part of this particular Op is that the disinformation to information ratio is *far* outside of the sta ratio.

svayambhu108's picture

Is Diego Garcia on the red line ?

jsgibson's picture

The shiny stuff was project azorianed, days before any flight path data was released.

Groundhog Day's picture

Its a plane jacking....these planes are worth billions...sell the fucker for parts

12ToothAssassin's picture

170 million. Even so, each and every part is serialized down to the nut and bolt for lifespan tracking. Its much MUCH harder than you think to just "chop shop" an airplane. That particular theory doesnt have legs.

valley chick's picture

Yeah, and today they come out with"news" that the pilot's wife and kids moved out the day before the flight.  Now either they are writing the script as they go or these are the most inept investigators ever.

Steaming_Wookie_Doo's picture

A couple of things bug me still (well, actually a lot, but I'll start with these):

1. Once a plane has lost radar contact, how long before it's considered an issue? Certainly once it's diverted course, you'd think Malaysia would've scrambled jets or raised an alert to neighboring countries.

2. Why is there even an option to turn off the transponder? Seems to me that would only invite issues.

3. I just can't live with the pilot suicide meme at all.

4. Super-double-extraordinary rendition also seems a bit lame. It's a hell of a lot of work to make a plausible cover from this basis.

If it was the Chinese, Iranians or the Russkies, or whoever's the evil empire this week, as responsible for this disappearance we (the US) would've screamed bloody murder. The "major powers", i.e. China and the US seem rather "coordinated" in their news output, so I'd reckon there's either something neither of them wants to talk about, or that there are in fact many gaps in radar and tracking coverage that someone can exploit, which they'd also prefer not to mention. I suppose the scarier prospect is that the plane really disappeared as the result of other actors not aligned to existing power structures, and that the existing powers could not alter the result.

In the end, I fully expect that some wreckage will be found, because we really love Hollywood closure on a story. To that end, I bet it's some salted evidence to get those affected to shut up about it. Especially if there's no open inspection of bits found.

sgt_doom's picture

Being a lifelong activist, and with a background in aviation (USAF) and military technical intelligence (USMC/NSG) I will attempt to seriously answer your questions.

First, the transponder is digital in nature, and as with most things digital, the way to clear up the mundane problems is to recycle it, or reboot it as we Westerners say.  Also, in case of emergencies there are several scenarios where it might be necessary.

Jets weren't scrambled as no emergency indication was given or announced, as soon as the jet left Malaysian airspace, Capt. Shah, the mastermind of this criminal event (at least on the aviation side), shut off the transponders, and the military would disregard any commercial flight, unless their military personnel were on board.  Period!

You are correct on the pilot-suicide meme, in Amerika, for the past 9 days, we have been subjected to the ultimate DUMB newsy show, with not a single lazy butt newsy ever asking the obvious question:


This was the Great Malaysian Air Heist!

End of story.

Just as with the Great Train Robbery, it was masterfully planned, and right now that plane is sitting on the ground somewhere, either well-hidden or not yet searched because the doofuses have been concentrating on the oceans, with Capt. Shah long gone, probably with some sort of surgical or physical disguise by this time.

Either the senior pilot was a lone operator (and it is a possibility, as he is most technically super-sharp) or he was in cahoots with a criminal organization, most probably the Triads.

Either way, it would unusual if any passengers survived.

BraveSirRobin's picture

Another possibility I have not seen - the aircraft is commadeered in the air, and some time thereafter, there is a struggle for control which ends up with the plane crashing into the sea or being destroyed in the air thousands of miles off course. 

No one will claim credit for a bothced hi-jacking, especially if it was a criminal act for ransom or to steal cargo. 

zionhead's picture

Kazahkstan, funny why would the WEST want to lie about where the plane is, and the East tell the truth.

The media here is quite clear the plane took off, then once east of Malaysia, went north over Phuket, stayed low over Myanmar which has no tracking, and stayed far south of Tibet into Kazahkstan.


The USA media has been telling various story's and people must be sick of even hearing about it, but in CHINA people are furious.

I expect to see massive CHINESE troops deployed to KAZAHKSTAN ASAP to get the hostages, ...

Now I ask ZH readers what is there in KAZAHSTAN that the CIA/CHINESE  and Russians may want to fight about?

When I say CIA I mean "ZIO-MOSSAD".

DaveA's picture

Why is there even an option to turn off the transponder?

Until the tower clears you for takeoff, you must wait behind the runway's hold-short line with your transponder switched off. If an approaching plane has TCAS (traffic collision avoidance system) it will sound an alarm and distract the pilot.

Only planes in the air or occupying an active runway should have their transponders on.

TerminalDebt's picture

climb to 45,000ft and shut off oxygen to passengers, cell phones useless if everyone dead. Attempt to fly at 45K ft for longer distance, can't do it for whatever reason, plane drops to 23K ft, climb to 30Kft and go to alternate destination.


sgt_doom's picture

Close, TerminalDebt, but not quite.

Climb to 45,000 feet, after having first disabled the emergency oxygen mask sensor, and tell the pax they can unfasten their seat belts if not already. 

In an oxygen-depleted environment, if any still alive, quickly drop thousands of feet to snap their necks and backs.

Say good bye to the unfortunate souls onboard.

zionhead's picture

China TV reporting 24/7 here that the missing plane is a 'CIA hangar in Kazahkstan'.

Compare that  to the news that CNN is feeding you.

YuShun's picture

What channel(s) do you claim to be watching?

Harry Dong's picture

Link of the week. Priceless.

w00dmann's picture

That humor is a bit cold if you ask me.

blindman's picture

and removed.
why can't they locate the cell phones from a
passenger or two? of course they can and
that means they know exactly where the plane

Harry Dong's picture

langoliers got em

Yardfarmer's picture

Leuren Moret: Flight 370 downing was U.S. Navy Energy weapons demo for Putin; Rothschild patent scam; Payback for Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal verdicts vs. Israel, US and UK

observer007's picture

Passenger List Of MH370


To whom it may concern:

Full passenger manifest of MH370 (passenger and crew members):

Thought Processor's picture



This is an ongoing covert operation.   The fingerprints are everywhere.  


1) The timing of the sign off and last communication are key here.   Odds of this not being coordinated are very slim.   Also hearing that all cell phone usage was made innoperable in the entire Spratly Islands at this exact same time.   Coincidence?  Not very likely.

2)  The plane was obviously flying for some time after last communication.   It made several very distint moves.  It was being taken somewhere under control.

3)  There is a commercial radar void in the indian ocean where there are a couple of islands the plane could have landed and refueled without anyone knowing.  Diego Garcia is one, the Cocos island is another.  Both have a runway large enough and the facilities to handle this with ease.  Diego Garcia is a large special ops installation.  The plane looks to have had enough fuel to get to either.  It could have then been refueled and turned around quickly, re-tagged as a military flight and put back into the air to virtually any remote landing area with ease (at night this would be easy).

4)  Military radar and sat imaging / surveilence likely has all the needed info on this.  But is not being released for some reason.

5)  Flight to some remote part of China or border with China is possible though much more difficult.  Odds on this are not very good.

Stick to the key points.  Lots of disinfo being released also it seems.  

Keep in mind that something like 98% of all 'terrorism' is state sponsored in some way.  


Only question is which state.




Ban KKiller's picture

Yeah, well I really am interested in the questions being posed.  Everyone has an answer, sort of. 

Who benefits? Who loses? How does the money come into the question?

Long TP and .22 LR as if... 

Troll Magnet's picture

My money's on Israel. Then the U.S. close second.

sgt_doom's picture

Whenever the Blackstone Group and Carlyle Group are involved (owners of Freescale Semiconductor) money is always the question.

Thought Processor's picture



How about world domination.  


This plane may be used as a tool in the future.  It is likely for a Psy-Op of some sort (my opinion).

This is a TWO part Operation.  Part 1 is complete.  Part 2 is yet to come.


Let me give a small example:


Imagine for a moment that a couple major cities at some point in the future get warnings about potential airlines being used as weapons (original huh.....).   Let's say for the sake of argument that London, Tel Aviv, Moscow and Washington DC receive warnings.

Now each of these cities has a major international airport close to it.  Let's take Moscow for instance-  Moscow Int. Airport is only several minutes (flying time) outside of Moscow.  Easily under 5 minutes, maybe inder 2 at the right speed.

Now let's say Moscow receives several warnings about a possible terrorist attack on Moscow using airplanes.   These are public warnings..... (for a reason).

Moscow then announces that any aircraft that stray within such and such a distance of Moscow will be shot down.  

Everything simple so far, right.

Now imagine that you are a clandestine intelligence agency from some as of yet unknown state.  And you really want to screw with the kremlin / Putin (and the public at large of course).  

So what do you do?

You fuck with them, that's what you do.  You 'intervene' in a couple of normal legit flights (which just happen to be 777's also) by remoting them without the pilot / crews knowledge.  Shut down one engine, spring false alarms on the plane, screw with their instrument data, whatever.  These 'interventions' force the flights to depart from their normal flight plans and into Moscow airspace.  

After crossing into Moscow airspace and after warning the pilots (who either do not respond or who try but communications are garbled) Moscow's anti-aircraft protection system is activated and the jetliner is shot down.

Subsequently the flight is determined to be a legitimate airline flight that was almost fully filled and close to 300 some odd innocent people have been killed as well as some on the ground.  Now imagine more than one legitimate flight is taken down in a short span of time due to utter confusion in Moscow defense services.  They've essentially been duped to think that legit flights are flying bombs.

Moscow now has a PR nightmare on it's hands.  Plus travel via plane to Russian cities immediately dries up.  Western governments begin to villianize the Kremlin pushing world wide public opinion in one direction-  against Russia.

Now take it one step further-  After Russia is thoroughly trashed in the world wide media are they likely to shoot down a real flying missile?  Within a 2-3 minute window?

Their defenses have thus been weakened without a shot fired, or an asset used.  Simple Psychological warfare.

This is a classic Psy-Op.  It messes with your mind.  It makes you think the opposite of what you should think.  As in "Who's the bad guy now?"

Only clandestine intelligence agencies are capable of organizing this on this level.  To do it right would require the cooperation of news agencies worldwide at a high level in order to push the "Crime against Humanity" aspect to it's highest level.  A subtle touch, pressing the right buttons can be quite effective.

This can be taken much further but that's enough suspense novel writing for one night.


Food for thought though huh?





A Nanny Moose's picture

Length may not be so much of an issue as depth. Is the Coco's runway thick enough to bear the weight of a 777? Are the taxiways wide enough? Then where do you hide it, assuming it stayed there for any length of time?

I remain uncovinced about the Cocos.

It's all just monday AM quarterbacking anyway.

New World Chaos's picture

The next false-flag nuke will be delivered by flight 370.  Ukraine?  China?  America, if it starts waking up?

Could pick up the nuke from the terrorist base at Diego Garcia and nobody would ever know.

The plane certainly won't be scrapped for parts.  That fate is reserved for the passengers.

walküre's picture

Very elaborate. What should the high stakes goal have been with this manover attracting global attention?

Maybe this act in the show called "life as we know it under the thumbs of the elite" was designed to putting the world in a complete state of fear and shock, worse than terrorism itself could have done it. Who is interested to go flying anywhere now?

Are we there yet?

dizzyfingers's picture

walküre "Who is interested to go flying anywhere now?"

Stopped flying after 9/11.

sgt_doom's picture

Negative, overwhelming probability suggests the question is:

What was the cargo onboard, meaning its value, and who specifically where those passengers?

trader1's picture

what gives you meaning in life?

Colonel Klink's picture

Seems to me information has been trickling out which was already known prior.  Something smells fishy about this whole thing.  Another false flag to incite war.  It will magically be found in Iran, Syria, Pakistan, or whatever other nation we need to invade for the gold, black or otherwise.