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Boeing 777-2H6-ER, Malaysia Airlines AN2067998
Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 9M-MRO

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 00:42 Saturday, 8 March 2014 bound for Beijing.

The aircraft never arrived.

239 people were on-board the Boeing 777 9M-MRO. 227 passengers and 12 crew.

The first 40 minutes of the flight was normal, but contact with the aircraft was lost while it was over the South China Sea.

What happened next is a mystery. No-one knows why the aircraft made a turn-back westward across peninsula Malaysia. There was no distress call.

From the Straits of Malacca the aircraft then headed toward the Andaman Sea and later turned south. The flight is believed to have ended in the southern Indian Ocean, with all lives lost.

Some debris has been recovered but the wreckage has never been located.

Several major news items in the story of MH370 are linked from this screen. Just follow the arrows to the right.